To overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, we must learn how to live in an ongoing disaster – archyde

As Canada nears the 700-day pandemic mark, the state of the disaster is as grim as it is discouraging. On December 22, Canada reported 12,114 new COVID-19 infections – a record for daily cases since the pandemic began.

People wait - some more than two hours - at a PCR COVID-19 test site in Toronto.

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People wait – some more than two hours – at a PCR COVID-19 test site in Toronto.

With a patchwork of Provincial pandemic restrictions across Canada change daily, many activities were either reduced or canceled for the second year in a row during the holiday season. The context for these disruptions is that we are approaching in late 2021, The number of Canadians killed by COVID-19 has exceeded 30,000.

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At this point in the COVID-19 disaster, it is beyond the capacity of the federal or provincial governments to find a way out of this emergency. COVID-19 does not respect norms or established practices in dealing with disasters. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has resorted to the proposal Canadians crouch down to stop the spread of Omicron.

Canadians need to rethink their relationship with the pandemic by learning to live in a state of perpetual disaster for the foreseeable future.

Contrasting messages

In a broad press conference by the federal government, the Trudeau government projected a cautious approach.

the The Canadian approach is in stark contrast to the American approachThat said, don’t panic about omicron and try to enjoy the holidays. Targeted questions from reporters forced the Trudeau administration to push back US President Biden’s message that vaccinated people can safely gather for the holidays despite the spread of Omicron.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland rejected the idea that the federal government has offered advice of panic or desperation in some way.

Before the holiday season, shared activities included Queuing – sometimes in vain – in liquor stores to take test material home, not being able to get test results in a timely manner, and a “hunger game scramble” for vaccination and refresher appointments.

Experiences like this do not help to relieve panic or despair.

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The disaster cycle

Emergency management planning often uses a four-phase disaster cycle: Damage Control, Prevention, Response, and Recovery. In many cases of natural disasters, the four-phase disaster cycle model works well for analyzing and better understanding disasters, and provides insights for dealing with future disasters.

To find out how to deal with disasters, the disaster cycle provides reference points to guide responses to a sudden emergency through to eventual recovery. An analysis made a decade after the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy Second hand the four-phase disaster cycle to analyze the response to a natural disaster.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are still in the emergency part of the disaster. The reference points in the disaster cycle from reaction to recovery are lost and recovery is not yet recognizable. The public is too tired to maintain constant readiness. And the possibility of a weakening is a distant dream at this point.

Recent research in risk management suggests that disasters are dynamic – the event evolves according to the measures taken to counter its effects. Taking into account the changing nature of emergencies and responses includes innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, situational awareness, resilience, and learning.

A dynamic approach can help spark new reflections on how to deal with the uniqueness of disasters like COVID-19.

The lightning spirit

Maybe you can find inspiration in London during WWII. Londoners crouched down by an eight-month German bombing raid.

Almost 20,000 civilians died in the lightning strike in London.

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Almost 20,000 civilians died in the lightning strike in London.

Perhaps intangible properties like des Lightning spirit are needed now – the ongoing disaster of COVID-19 must be met with a grim willingness to move on. We have no other choice.

Somehow, citizens who have been exposed to months of air raid have learned to deal with constant disasters. The persistence and resilience shown during the lightning bolt can provide population-level insights into the current trauma of COVID-19 and Make suggestions for current day hospital staff on fears that their hospitals could be overrun.

According to historians Pandemics usually have two types of endings. The first is the medical end, when the incidence and death rates drop. The second is the social ending, where individuals decide the pandemic is over for them either because of fatigue or other reasons, regardless of science. Draw a parallel to lightning and imagine the air raid guards’ dismay when they are fed up with it Blackout Regulations and turned on lights at night to signal enemy bombers their position.

In 2022, it will be time to accept that we can no longer make our way out of this disaster. We just have to deal with it as best we can by crouching – there is no other choice.

This article was republished by The conversation, a non-profit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.

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Jack L. Rozdilsky is a professor at York University sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as a co-investigator on a project supported by the Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Operating Grant.

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