‘Not the way to deal with a pandemic’: Science table members disagree on scrapping 5-day COVID-19 quarantine
Ontario’s outgoing science table members said they advised against the state’s decision to rescind COVID-19 isolation requirements if consulted while traveling.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Kieran Moore said Wednesday that people who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine for five days.
The new guidelines require people to stay home for at least 24 hours until their fever subsides and their symptoms improve, but they should wear a mask for the full 10 days “under any circumstances” and avoid high-risk environments such as long stays. should refrain from entering. Term Care Home in the meantime.
Dr. Fahad Razak, the scientific director of the state science table, is set to be disbanded by the government next week.The group has not officially evaluated the government’s decision to abolish the quarantine requirement but has been constantly consulted. No, it’s about pandemic preparedness.
He disagreed with the move, noting that it could put additional strain on Ontario’s health care system, with emergency departments closed for hours or days this summer, largely due to staff shortages.
“There is a huge risk to the health system and the wave is not receding as much as we would like,” he said.
“We hope that public health measures will remain at least as strong as they are now.”
Razak, a professor at the University of Toronto and a physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, said he supports stricter measures, such as wearing masks indoors.
Regions are still in the midst of the 7th wave
The state is still in the middle of its seventh wave, but it has already plateaued, Moore said this week. Earlier this month, Moore said the 7th wave had peaked.
By comparison, the previous wave in Ontario peaked and then declined.
The COVID-19 wastewater signal has risen slightly recently, with schools statewide starting next week without COVID-19 restrictions for the first time since the pandemic began.
These factors, combined with the expected increase in COVID-19 cases, and the return of other seasonal respiratory viruses as the weather cools, will help us prepare for what could be a difficult fall and winter. It’s in order.
“Millions of children across the country will now be coming to these indoor environments, which are environments that make it easier for the virus to spread,” Razak said.
In announcing the end of mandatory isolation, Moore said improved school ventilation and environmental cleaning, coupled with levels of immunizations across Ontario, “we now have a more tolerant approach.” You can return with ”.
The table did not formally evaluate the decision, director says
Dr Gerald Evans, a science table member who teaches at Queen’s University, said it was too early to lift the quarantine rules.
“This is not the way to deal with a pandemic at this time,” Evans said. “I think we are guided by a very simple line of thinking.”
It’s been a tough winter for COVID-19 in the Southern Hemisphere, and data from the United States, where most schools have already started, shows a “tremendous rise” in the number of cases.
“The problem I have with lifting the quarantine rules is that I know this is likely to happen here,” he said.
States have also moved away from COVID-19-specific guidance in favor of an “all-virus approach,” Moore said. It also applies to other diseases such as
Evans said this approach is problematic because every virus is different and has its own period of transmission.
“With flu season approaching, it is premature to take this kind of approach to COVID and underlines the generalization that all respiratory viruses are alike and that is not true. I’m here.
Dr. Douglas Manuel, another member of the scientific table, said eliminating the quarantine period would only harm the health care system.
“We’re not really in a good position,” said Manuel.
“There will be a wave of people getting sick very soon, so we can keep up with absenteeism and staffing of hospitals, schools, airports and other critical services.”
Public Health Ontario reported Thursday that 72 people died from COVID-19 between August 21 and 27. This is up from 62 the previous week.
Manuel said the death toll will rise like other waves as the virus seeks out the most vulnerable people.
“Society needs to debate what level of risk we want to tolerate and what level of death we want to tolerate,” Manuel said.
“This is not really Dr. Moore’s decision, nor is it the decision of the table of science. It is the decision of all of us to understand what the future looks like.”
Science Table said last week it had received notice from the Ontario Department of Public Health that it would be disbanding on September 6. The group, made up mostly of volunteers, advised the government on much of the pandemic.
Ontario Public Health said the new table, whose terms of reference were published Thursday, will stand alone, but it has no final say on what can be investigated.
The new table, scheduled to hold its first meeting in October, will consist of 15 core members from outside the Ontario Department of Public Health.