While dr. Horacio Arruda suggests that it will recommend “soon enough,” the mask-wearing compulsory in enclosed public places across the province, doctors and experts still do not understand why it has not already been done.
“We have always said that we preferred to convince before force, but with what I see currently, I would say that the balance is being tipped towards action,” said the national director of public health during an interview with Pierre Nantel, on the waves of QUB radio.
The epidemiologist Nimâ Machouf can’t understand why the Dr Arruda hesitate so much before making the recommendation.
“Today, the science is with us. The experience also. I absolutely do not understand why he still hesitates, expresses she.
“The government has not asked the opinion of the public before closing the economy. While the world listened because it was the right thing to do. I don’t see why people protesteraient against the mask, which is needed to get rid of the virus, ” she continued.
Why do you hesitate ?
For its part, the microbiologist and infectious diseases physician Amir Khadir believes that it was ” unnecessary to wait that long “.
- LISTEN to the interview of Jean-Claude Tardif, director of the research Center of the Institute of cardiology of Montreal, QUB radio:
“It is not too early ! Frankly, I don’t know this which explains the hesitations. We need to stop our navel-gazing western. The asian countries have all shown that in matters of epidemic control breathing, they are superior to us. And all the experts [of these countries] have said : it takes the mask. It would be wise, prudent, and a modesty well-positioned to act as they recommend us to do, ” pleads he.
As his colleagues, Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh, a pediatrician, microbiologist and infectiologist at Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine in Montreal, sum Quebec act.
“We had asked last June 11 that it be done as quickly as possible. The idea was to implement the mask before it starts to be a transmission sustained community. Seeing the outbreaks of the last few days, it press a bit. “
The holiday concerned
In addition, the construction holidays, which are approaching, are worried about the Dr. Arruda.
“My concern is, what are the holidays that are coming. People are going to go from one place to the other and will forget about [the virus]. They take alcohol, are uninhibited a little, don’t carry the cover face, do not wash their hands and do not maintain two meters distance “, he says.
According to his words, the government will have to make decisions shortly.
“This is not up to me to make the announcement, but my recommendations are in process at present “, he made it known on Tuesday during a visit to Joliette, in the Lanaudière region.
▶ For the port of the mask to be effective in society, at least 80 % of the people have to wear one, according to the epidemiologist Nimâ Machouf.