Dr. Eileen de Villa, like most Torontonians, is eager to move beyond COVID-19.
But as the three-year anniversary of the city’s first confirmed case of the virus approaches, de Villa admits that the pandemic that upended life in the city, while resulting in thousands of deaths, isn’t in the “rear view mirror” just yet.
She says that while it “thankfully doesn’t cause the same anxiety and fear” that it once did, it remains a daily challenge from a public health perspective and could still ultimately produce another “curveball.”
Ahead of the holidays, CP24.com sat down with de Villa to talk about the changing nature of COVID-19, the need for humility when it comes to making any predictions and her one message to Torontonians for 2023.
CP24: So this time last year we were sort of seeing the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and bracing for more shutdowns and closures. One year later it feels like much of that fear that many felt during the holiday season in 2022 has faded. Are we at a point in the pandemic where we can at least count on a little more certainty going forward?
de Villa: I don’t know if I would characterize it as certainty, personally. My observation over the last almost three years n …