Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a strong warning on the detrimental effects of COVID-19 for youth who may not be taking the pandemic seriously enough.
On Tuesday, Trudeau said that while the new information on vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are promising, a vaccine “can only protect you once you’ve gotten the shot.”
“So until that happens we all need to double down to get this second wave under control. And I’m particularly speaking to young people. This virus might seem like it’s more of a concern for your grandparents than for you, but even if you’re young and healthy, getting COVID-19 can be incredibly serious. It can leave you with heart and lung issues and cost you your life.”
The prime minister said that he wasn’t saying this to scare people, but that honesty of the situation needs to be confronted so that people fully understand the current situation.
He added that following public health protocols are important, like washing hands, physical distancing, wearing masks and avoiding crowds.
Cases have been rising across the country recently, with some provinces and territories going into a full lockdown, with others adding enhanced restrictions in hotspots.
On Monday, the country surpassed 300,000 total cases since the start of the pandemic. There are 240,287 recovered cases with 11,027 reported deaths.