Mask required: a measure still too “shy”, according to Dr. Amir Khadir

Masque obligatoire: une mesure encore trop «timide», selon le Dr Amir Khadir

More than two weeks after asking Quebec to require the wearing of mask in public places, the Dr Amir Khadir still considers to be too “shy” to the announcement Tuesday of the government, which is limited to public transport.

“I find the decision good, but really too shy”, slice the infectiologist and the microbiologist.

Dr. Khadir, like several other experts, points out that wearing a mask has not yet been adopted by a majority of Quebecers in spite of its demonstrated effectiveness and the government’s efforts to recommend the use of.

Hence the importance, according to him, to emulate what the asian countries have made in making compulsory the wearing of the mask in all public places for children of 12 years and older.

“There was a lot of hurt in our society by imposing restrictions much more important for three months, with disastrous consequences on the health of many people, on our economy, and there he hesitates for a measure that is so simple to do that,” he complained.

“I am quite troubled to see this weakness, this difficulty of making a resolution, and this failure to recognise the success of asian countries,” says the microbiologist.

South Korea, for example, has seen a second wave of the pandemic despite the measures, but the country has managed to quickly control the transmission.

“We have lessons to learn and to accept that we are given by the best experts from asia,” he says.

The prime minister François Legault did not rule out Tuesday the possibility of expanding the obligation to wear the mask in public places, even if it is currently still “strongly recommended”.

The mask will be mandatory in all buses and metro in Quebec starting on 13 July, but the transport companies will deny access to offenders only from the 27 July. No fine will be awarded to the offenders.

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