We officially met Dr. Luc Boileau yesterday. Flanked by François Legault, Christian Dubé and Jean-François Roberge (he still exists?), the new hope of public health came to announce the end of the curfew and the return to class on Monday.
Joy and worries
The PM started strong, repeating several times that there was light at the end of the tunnel (I think I've heard that before) and that Dr. Boileau had assured him that “it's safe, the air in the schools”. Oh yes?
I wonder what the health personnel and people who work IN SCHOOLS thought of this press briefing, which could be described as very optimistic under the circumstances.
It is true that we had to make a quick decision regarding distance schooling, which is irreconcilable with the professional life of many parents, me first. Except that I find it unfortunate that we are under the impression that we have to choose between psychological health and physical health.
And even if, in terms of communications, we try to reduce our fears by declaring that Omicron is a bit like a “new disease”, it remains the same virus: SARS-CoV-2.
Come what may?
The mother that I am is very happy that the children are returning to school, but the news commentator has several questions. You too, I'm sure. Is it me or does it feel like come what may?
If it's safe, prove it and we won't talk about it anymore. Also, what are the scientific arguments behind this new measure which advocates a period of isolation of 5 days? What about vaccination in primary schools? Only 1-2% of children received a second dose. When are the rapid tests for secondary school? The list of questions could go on for a long time.
I'm willing to believe that the children are less sick and that the symptoms of Omicron are “fewer”, but school is still a germ pot. But hey, it doesn't matter! We will open larger windows.