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Pandemic's Effect on Society

Everyone will be affected by a pandemic; either by treating and healing from the illness caused by the pandemic or by dealing with the pandemic’s negative effect on day-to-day supply of goods and services.

Locally

  • Increased illness among all sectors of the population. The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region estimates 87,000 in the area would become ill, with up to 40,000 requiring outpatient care. Up to 700 people would require hospitalization and up to 250 could die.
  • Increased absenteeism in all sectors of the workforce (e.g. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, health care workers, transit operators, essential services municipal workers, gas station/retail personnel)
  • Closed schools, theatres, churches
  • House quarantine
  • Reduced availability of goods
  • Reduction in non-essential services

Provincially

  • Increased illness among all sectors of the population. Saskatchewan Health estimates that up to 2,800 people would require hospitalization in the province with up to 1,000 residents dieing from influenza or complications arising from it
  • Reduced availability of goods
  • Reduction in non-essential services

Nationally

  • If a pandemic reached Canada, the pandemic would have its maximum effect on the population within 5-7 months and could last up to 18 months.
  • Many areas across Canada will experience same problems at approximately the same time, which may impact goods and services
  • No assistance from other provinces or jurisdictions to help out nationally
  • Reduction in non-essential services
  • Embargo on goods and travel to and from other countries
  • Likely disruption in transportation of goods (groceries, fuel, medicine etc.)
  • National economy may be negatively impacted

Additional Potential Effects

  • Restricted travel
  • Forced vaccinations
  • Mass death burial plans
  • Non-traditional health care facilities