Outbreak in the hospital of St. Jerome: “there is zero surprise in there”

Éclosion à l’hôpital de Saint-Jérôme: «il n’y a zéro surprise là-dedans»

The outbreak of cases of COVID-19 at the hospital of Saint-Jérôme is not surprising for the Dr François Marquis.

“In fact, there is zero surprise here, this is what you would expect to see,” said the head of the department of intensive care, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. There are places that are vulnerable to outbreaks, including hospitals.”

Dr. Marquis also stated that at the present time, the work is focused to identify these places to be able to take appropriate measures quickly.

“I think the hospital has responded well by cutting the visits and tightening measures. The goal is exactly that. As soon as we identify an area, instead of reconfiner bulk of Quebec, one focuses on the small area that is going to have a problem,” he said.

It also prevents that there may be others, and the case of Saint-Jérôme is undoubtedly one of the first to occur.

“[The epidemic] is still present, it is controlled. So there are still new cases. There is a person expected to have no new cases, but would actually have is more at a cruise speed with which Quebec and its healthcare system is able to cope easily,” says the doctor.

A drug to block the COVID?

Dexamethasone, a drug in the family of cortisone, may be useful in serious cases of COVID-19, says also Dr. François Marquis.

The drug is mainly used for problems such as ENT or of cerebral oedema.

“In the COVID, a party to the problem, it is the body’s response to the COVID is excessive and that is a lot of inflammation. So the body destroys part of the lung tissue. This activation-there, it can be block with dexamethasone”, he explains.

It is however the most powerful of the family of corticosteroids, making it so that Dr. Marquis does not recommend it in mild cases.

“The problem is that it is extremely powerful and if we give them cases too mild, the side effects will be much more important than the beneficial effects”, says the doctor.

Fearing repercussions due to the release observed in the society, Dr. Francois Marquis reiterates that the thing that works best is prevention.

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