Even if the containment on a large scale was necessary in the eyes of the public health, Quebec wants to avoid at all costs to put a new after the province pause in the event of a second wave of the pandemic.
“What has been done, it was good, but what will be done, it will be different,” assured Wednesday, the medical advisor of the strategic Direction of public health, Dr. Richard Massé.
The latter says that Quebec is now better equipped to prevent and respond quickly in a region, sub-region or a community, precise, like a school or a place of work, in order to limit transmission of the virus.
“One does not really want to get to a [containment overall], that would be like an extreme. We can not say that this would never happen, but we don’t want to go there,” says Dr. Massé.
The decision to confine the province of Quebec at the end of march, however, was good, since the public health experts across the world does not hold still very little information about this new coronavirus, ” he said.
“The decision that was taken was correct because they never had it anyway not so much data that that. The decision was to intervene quickly to contain the problem.”
Reserves of personal protective equipment have also been carried out in recent weeks in order to prepare Quebec for a second wave.
Contamination in the population
Scientists, including microbiologist dr. Karl Weiss, worry in addition to the small number of serological tests carried out in the province. These data should allow to give a picture of the contamination within the population.
“It is to have a better understanding of immunity in the population. It is a very useful tool, with the potential for a second wave coming in the fall”, said earlier on Wednesday the microbiologist in an interview with Mario Dumont.
However, according to Dr. Massé, Quebec has already a certainty. “It is very far to have an immunity that would protect people against the transmission,” he says. There has been the transmission, there still is one, but it does not have an immunity that prevents transmission.”
Studies are currently underway with Héma-Québec and the results should be known within a few weeks. Dr. Massé is not expected, however, in the light of similar studies carried out elsewhere in the world such as in Europe, at a transmission rate well above 10% for the Greater Montreal area.
“Outside of the metropolitan area of Montreal, it is clear that people who have antibodies, it is a proportion very low, perhaps 1 % or 2 % maximum,” he says.
The most recent statistics on the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec, particularly in the greater Montreal region, are very encouraging in the eyes of the strategic advisor. On Wednesday, Quebec had 52 new deaths and 156 cases additional.
“Since a fortnight in the metropolitan Community of Montreal (CMM), it has really improved the situation, whereas in the rest of Quebec, the situation is already under control for a good time”, ” he says.
With a little less than 8000 tests carried out in the last few days, Quebec is currently preparing to transfer a certain testing capacity in NURSING homes and in residences for the elderly to do a systematic screening.
“We have a capacity surplus, but there was a case to test the people most at risk, those who are in the institutions of health, notes Dr. Massé. This is the priority, but those who do have symptoms, or who are contacts of cases of COVID-19, are invited to take the test.”
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