Testing, contact tracing are keys to easing social restrictions. But is Canada ready?

A COVID-19 swab test inside a vial

There may be many different paths to the new COVID-19 “normal” as provinces announce various plans to gradually ease social restrictions across Canada.

But all of them share one critical requirement: the ability to test widely for infection and then trace contacts, in order to isolate people who were exposed and break the chains of infection.

Are we ready? Has Canada fixed the testing backlogs and shortages that made headlines just a few weeks ago?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/testing-and-contact-tracing-is-canada-ready-1.5547281