Ontario should have maintained COVID isolation period, experts say | Coronavirus: Ontario

Dr. Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday that people who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to be isolated for five days, an approach he called a practical and pragmatic.

Dr. Fahad Razak, scientific director of the Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group – which the government is due to disband next week – responded by saying the group had not formally assessed the government’s decision. He said the committee had not always been consulted on measures to combat the pandemic.

Possible repercussions on the health system

According to Razak, this change could put more pressure on Ontario’s health care system. Hospitals across the province closed their emergency rooms for hours or days this summer, largely due to a lack of staff.

Dr. Fahad Razak is the Scientific Director of the Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group.

Photo: Twitter/Fahad Razak

I see it as a significant risk for the health systemhe said. This wave did not subside as much as we would have liked.

I would like public health measures to remain at least as strict as they are nowhe added.

Fears for students

In announcing the end of mandatory isolation, Dr Moore said better ventilation and cleaning in schools, combined with the level of immunization in Ontario, means that we can now have a more permissive approach to returning.

However, Dr Gerald Evans, also a member of the expert group advising the government, also believes it is far too early to lift the isolation rule.

This is no way to handle the pandemic at this stageMr. Evans said. I think we let ourselves be guided by a very, very simplistic thought.

It’s been a tough winter for COVID-19 in the southern hemisphere, he added. And data from the United States, where most schools have already returned, shows a considerable increase cases.

The elimination of the isolation rule worries me because I fear it will happen here toohe added.

Against a general approach for all viruses

The province is also moving away from COVID-19 specific guidance to foster a common approach for multiple viruses. This means that the latest guidelines apply to other illnesses such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus lung infections.

However, according to Mr. Evans, this approach is problematic, because the viruses are all different and have their own period of contagion.

It’s far too early to take this kind of approach to COVID as flu season approaches, and it suggests that all respiratory viruses are the same, which is not true.did he declare.

Public Health Ontario reported Thursday that 72 people died of COVID-19 between Aug. 21 and Aug. 27, up from 62 the previous week.

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