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How science is bringing Canada back to life

By Mona Nemer      

Canada’s scientists stepped up like never before during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to flatten the curve and pave the way towards reopening. But with vaccines still months away, researchers are also showing us how to live safely with the virus in our midst.

Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam, pictured June 16, 2020, arriving for that day's daily press conference in West Block. We all want a full return to normalcy, to a life in which COVID is of no more concern than the seasonal flu. I am confident that science will get us there. In the meantime, science has shown what we can all do to help: masking, physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, and reduced social circles can slow the spread of the virus to a trickle, writes Canada's chief science adviser to the prime minister Mona Nemer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The cloth mask has become the pre-eminent symbol of life in the COVID era. Masks are everywhere now, and as they become ingrained in our daily social routines, they can even begin to grow on us. They come in all sizes and colours, often in beautiful patterned fabrics. Many carry a message or slogan. Some are homemade, some are designer-stitched. We start to recognize friends and colleagues by their masks. And the more ubiquitous they become, the more effective they are at hindering the spread of coronavirus.

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