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COVID-19 in CanadaExperience and Response

Educational Objective
To understand the Canadian experience in managing COVID-19
1 Credit CME

As of July 13, 2020, Canada has documented 107 861 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (286 per 100 000 people) and 8787 COVID-19–related deaths.1 The rate of cases per 100 000 population in Canada can be framed by the rates for 2 other democracies; in Taiwan (which compared with Canada spends half as much of its gross domestic product on health care), the rate is 1.9 cases per 100 000,2 and in the US (which compared with Canada spends 50% more of its gross domestic product on health care), the rate is 1014 cases per 100 000.2

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Allan S. Detsky, MD, PhD, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave, Room 429, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5, Canada (Allan.detsky@sinaihealth.ca).

Published Online: August 10, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.14033

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Detsky reported serving as a member of the Medical Advisory Council for Pandemic Planning for Telus Corporation. Dr Bogoch reported serving as a consultant to BlueDot, a social benefit corporation that models the spread of infectious diseases, and as a consultant to Telus Corporation.

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