Canadian Public Health Officials: Open Schools — Threats of Lock-down to Health Exceed Virus
Excerpt from the letter is below:
The current approach to dealing with COVID-19 carries significant risks to overall population health and threatens to increase inequities across the country. Aiming to prevent or contain every case of COVID-19 is simply no longer sustainable at this stage in the pandemic. We need to accept that COVID-19 will be with us for some time and to find ways to deal with it.
The current and proposed measures for reopening will continue to disproportionately impact lower-income groups, Black and other racialized groups, recent immigrants to Canada, Indigenous peoples, and other populations. And it risks significantly harming our children, particularly the very young, by affecting their development, with life-long consequences in terms of education, skills development, income, and overall health.
Canada must work to minimize the impact of COVID-19 by using measures that are practical, effective, and compatible with our values and sense of social justice. We need to focus on preventing deaths and serious illness by protecting the vulnerable while enabling society to function and thrive.
The elimination of COVID-19 is not a practical objective for Canada until we have a vaccine. While there is hope for a vaccine to be developed soon, we must be realistic about the time it will actually take to develop and evaluate it and then deliver an immunization campaign covering the entire population. We cannot sustain universal control measures indefinitely.