During COVID-19, the Maritimes created an "Atlantic Bubble". What do you think about this decision by public health?
So hello, my name is Elizabeth Hall and I'm responding to the question of during covid-19. The maritimes created an Atlantic bubble. What do you think about this decision by public health in response to this question. I would say that as someone who is not an expert in public health, but who has somewhat of a public health introduction from the courses that I took in undergrad in my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. I would say that I generally support the maritime.
The decision to create an Atlantic bubble as an effective way to control the spread of covid-19. And this is because I think that one of the greatest tools that public health officials have in terms of controlling this pandemic is reducing roots of spread and as we have observed from the very beginning of this pandemic, one of the greatest sources of spread of the virus was outside travel coming into the country and so by creating this bubble and not allowing outside travel into the maritimes. I think that the public health officials in the maritimes.
Could give themselves a really great opportunity to isolate the virus within their Community because as I've observed over the past few months, the number of cases of the virus in the maritimes has been relatively lower compared to the rest of the country ranging between 200 and 300 cases at most and so once it's down to a level that's in the hundreds. It is much more easy to be able to implement things like contact tracing and to follow up people who may be sources of spreader may have been exposed to the virus in the community and then make sure
Sure, that these people isolate and so you can eradicate the virus within all of the maritimes and doing this is a great benefit to the maritimes because having eradicated the virus they can then open up business with in that bubble. And then if the rest of the country starts to also improve they can then start to relax their restrictions and allow travelers to come in who have tested negative for the virus and begin to open up their economy. And I think that the effectiveness of this strategy can be observed by looking
Examples of South Korea and Australia New Zealand, which all implemented this policy of locking down their borders and using this opportunity to control the virus within their own borders so that they didn't have to worry about cases coming in from other sources and the result of this. Is that New Zealand South Korea and Australia all have the lowest case numbers of all of the developed countries that I have observed in the media and they also have being able to reopen
In their cities more quickly than other countries because knowing that the virus has been eradicated within certain communities. They have restricted the measures that we are continuing to experience which are hard lockdowns where people cannot leave their homes. And so this actually benefited their economy in the long run one consideration. I think that is important is that if this decision is implemented by public health and other public health matter to consider is the effect of this bubble on the