It is necessary that 80 % of the population wears a mask to prevent a second wave of the sars coronavirus strikes Quebec, consider a thirty experts who are urging the government to make its wearing compulsory in enclosed public places.
“The second wave may be prevented or mitigated by wearing the mask, and it is science that says, the scientific evidence is undeniable,” says Amir Khadir, a microbiologist-infectiologist at Hôpital Pierre-Le Gardeur in Terrebonne.
According to new studies published by the world health Organization, the Centre for the control and prevention of diseases in the United States and a group of experts from Yale, ” the wearing of the mask required in closed places greatly reduces the spread of the COVID-19 “.
To be effective, it should that more than three-quarters of the population wear a mask in public places.
According to Nîma Machouf, researcher and epidemiologist, this “inexpensive” and “which” can greatly reduce the risk of contamination during contact with a contagious ” is the best solution pending the development of a vaccine.
And Quebecers are willing to wear a cover-face, but they expect the guidelines, said Dr. Khadir. A survey of Light directed on April 21, showed that seven Quebeckers out of 10 said they were willing to wear a.
“The information [at the beginning of the crisis on the port of the mask] were a little contradictory, so you need to adjust the message,” says the ex-mp for Québec solidaire.
While nearly 120 countries have already made mandatory the wearing of mask in public, Quebec is slow to impose them, preferring the strong recommendation.
At the press point with prime minister François Legault Thursday, the national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, has not ruled out the possibility of suggesting the imposition of the mask.
“It is the opinion of experts for whom one has respect. As for making it mandatory, I’ll wait for the various authorities in international, canadian and Québec. I don’t want to exclude that it could be the case in a second wave if one has enough data, ” he said.
“We very highly recommend the covers-face, but don’t forget the distancing and hand washing,” said Dr. Arruda, noting that he hoped that the port of the mask is established as a social norm, without having to impose it
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Dr. Marie-Michelle Bellon and other experts have asked Thursday, in front of the Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal, the compulsory wearing of masks in public.
With the déconfinement which began a few weeks ago, Marie-Michelle Bellon, internist in the unit COVID of the Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal, sees ” in the population, a trivialization of the situation, as if the threat had moved away “.
Make the mask mandatory will, according to it, to show the personal care that everything is in place ” so that they do not pick up by a second wave “.