Canada Could Have Handled the COVID-19 Pandemic Better

Canada could have handled the COVID-19 pandemic better. Initially, it seems that Canadian political leaders saw the outbreak of the coronavirus in China as regional epidemic and failed to realize the threat to Canada. When it became clear that the epidemic was spreading and becoming more widespread, the Canadian government began flying Canadians home. During the initial period, the majority of returning Canadians were not tested, asked some general questions, and simply told to stay home if they felt unwell. Contrast this to Asian airports where passengers regularly undergo temperature checks to ascertain if they have a fever. It was late in the process that returning Canadians were told to stay at home and self-isolate for two weeks, and the land border between Canada and the United States closed. Hindsight has the benefit of recent experience, but some warning signs could have been heeded earlier. It would have been better for our country if our political leaders had acted sooner.

Canada should have the resources to sustain itself during a crisis. A benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a recognition by our political leaders that Canada should manufacture its own prescription drugs, medical gowns, facemasks, and medical equipment. Canadian governments, at the federal and provincial levels, should ensure national and regional food self-sufficiency, and do more to promote the agricultural, aquaculture, and food processing industries in Canada. Hopefully, a future Canada will be more self-sufficient, and less willing to have many of its goods produced offshore.

Many Canadians will die from the virus. Take care and protect yourself and others. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or covering when in public. Practice social distancing.