Third wave of COVID-19 infections will be worse than the first two, expert says

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While patios reopen in hotspots across Ontario and vaccines roll out nationwide, doctors are bracing for the impact of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. An Ontario doctor isn’t surprised to have seen the number of infections tick back up as restrictions loosened in the province in February,and once the variants took hold he felt it was only a matter of time until a third wave of the pandemic. Now, he says this wave could be the worst yet. Ontario’s top doctor declared on Monday that the province is entering its third wave, while Alberta and B.C. have not made it official yet as their infection rates continue to increase. “I think it’s impossible to avoid a third wave that’s likely going to be worse than the first two,” infectious disease specialist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy told CTV’s Your Morning on Wednesday. “Many of us felt that this was an inevitability,” he said. “This is pretty much the trap that this pandemic has proven its ability to present to us. That’s why we call them waves, you get lulled into a sense of complacency and then cases start picking up.”

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