‘Optimism tinged with anxiety’: What to expect from the next 100 days of COVID-19, according to experts

By | June 22, 2020

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“What’s keeping you awake at night?” That’s the question we put to doctors, scientists, philosophers, psychologists, futurists, microbiologists and bioethicists, 100 days after the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. We asked the experts what they’re anticipating for the next 100 days, what we should do differently, what worries them most. “Things have changed at such manic speed in the past three months, it’s difficult to predict what the next 100 days will yield,” said McGill University’s Samuel Veissière. Below, Veissière and others reflect on the challenges ahead. Their responses have been edited for clarity and length.

On compliance fatigue, social isolation and the politics of a pandemic:

“I’m worried about future waves being imminent, maybe not even waves, but just this steady, persistent (viral activity). How do we sustain what we’re doing? It’s so important for mental health to have livelihoods. To continue to function. I don’t know what the answer is. That kind of keeps me awake.” — Dr. Samira Mubareka, virologist and infectious diseases doctor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto

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