Letter: National approach to COVID-19 needed

Editor:

Why is Canada still attempting to deal with a worldwide pandemic at community levels?

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I can remember not so many months ago when it was announced that the entire country had only two COVID-19 cases and no lives lost.

Citizens of the world are currently attempting to survive the COVID-19 pandemic that can kill or severely alter lives.

Presently, there is no cure and its affects can be felt in various ways with different people of all races and age.

There are still many unknowns with this disease.

If a potential vaccine becomes available for use, we still have to consider the unknowns and long-term outcomes.

In Canada, we continue to throw billions of dollars at the problem, while at the same time we are attempting to rely on a patchwork of responses and procedures that amounts to an honour system approach across the country.

The supposed solutions to dealing with this pandemic are being left up to differing decisions made province by province, region by region, municipality by municipality, business by business and person by person.

COVID-19 is a worldwide pandemic that requires a national strategy, not a collection of ideas that some utilize, while others do not.

We are informed repeatedly by our supposed leaders that we are all in this together. If so, why are we not moving forward together to try to deal with this pandemic with a clear national response that involves every one of us?

Our leaders speak about a balanced approach. What balance?

Currently, if we do not do the right things, we could put ourselves and others at risk.

COVID-19 will tip the scale every time we ignore its presence. It knows no boundaries.

Are national, provincial and municipal politicians and their administrations more concerned about the health and lives of Canadian citizens or the economy?

Those who refer to themselves as our leaders need to get their heads together on a common approach to deal with this pandemic that affects everyone, regardless of who we are or where we live.

Bob Wren

Kamloops

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