Our latest installment of Health Care in Hues, a monthly feature that uses art to comment on the state of health care in Canada.
With vaccinations on the horizons and our long winter lockdown nearing its end, there is a growing desire to re-open; to revive businesses and community services across our financial and social sectors; to reconnect with friends and loved ones in outdoor and indoor settings; to re-acquire a semblance of normalcy.
But as regions across the province gradually move into various phases of re-opening, our governments – and we as individuals and communities – tread a fine line.
With ongoing uncertainty regarding efficient and equitable distribution of vaccine supplies, new SARS-CoV-2 variants in play and high-risk segments of our communities still vulnerable, the move to re-open inevitably balances the risk of further uptrends in cases and deaths in a possible third wave. Health-care workers and other essential workers on the frontlines are physically and emotionally fatigued under the unrelenting weight of the pandemic. Health-care systems have struggled with rapidly evolving COVID-19 numbers, surgical and other clinical service cancellations and changes, and increasingly overwhelming demand for persistently insufficient resources.
As we navigate changes in restrictions to bring businesses and other facets of society back, we must look two steps ahead to the potential implications on our health and health care – and tread carefully. Our graphic captures the careful balance between keeping our societies afloat while taking a measured approach to avoid flooding our hospitals and to prioritize protecting one another.