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Feds should urgently test a representative sample of Canadians to gauge prevalence of COVID-19, say health and policy analysts

By Abbas Rana      

'We would really like to know what’s out there in terms of the general population... those who are potentially asymptomatic and could spread it around,’ says George Wells, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu, pictured on April 2, 2020, at that day's daily briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government should urgently administer a test of a scientifically representative sample of Canadians to gauge the prevalence of COVID-19, sayhealth and public policy analysts. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal government should urgently arrange a test of a scientifically representative sample of Canadians to determine the true prevalence of the COVID-19 infection and guide its efforts in the war against it which has caused the death of thousands of people in Canada and is threatening to push the economy into a recession, say veteran public policy and health experts.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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