In the region, the problems of screening at the Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSSO) cannot be ignored, underlines Roxane Borgès Da Silva. “It is unacceptable to have six days of waiting for a test result. This is downright unacceptable in a developed country as we are, ”says the professor from the school of public health at the University of Montreal.
“People, after three or four days stuck at home, they have to go to the grocery store. They still do not have their test results and they have no symptoms, they will go to the grocery store and spread it, as long as they do not hear back, ”notes Dr. Borgès Da Silva.
WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
The finding was rather clear this week, both in Ottawa and Outaouais: the current situation is the worst since the start of the pandemic. How do we get out of this now?
“We have to slow down travel and regrouping as much as possible. We gave an order to stay home, but when you see the number of people that I still see outside, it is not the same number that we saw in the first wave. Why could we respect this order during the first wave, when the situation was less worse, when we can’t do it when it’s worse? », Worries Hugues Loemba, virologist and professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa.
In the federal capital, adjustments were made during the week in an attempt to make life more difficult for people who wanted to take advantage of the warmer temperatures to party in the parks.
Environmental engineer Patrick D’Aoust – who is part of the team that analyzes Ottawa’s wastewater daily to identify the level of COVID-19 presence in the community – said in an interview with Law on Thursday that the tougher measures adopted two weeks ago seem to be starting to deliver results. The transmission curve has not yet been reversed, but at a minimum it has stopped growing.
“We experienced a peak earlier in April and at the end of March,” says Mr. D’Aoust. Currently, we are at the same level as in January, when it was still very serious. People had met over Christmas and New Years. It was really a problem. […] Will it keep going down? We will really see it in the next few days and weeks. “
Once the current wave has been brought under control, Roxane Borgès Da Silva – professor at the school of public health at the University of Montreal – argues that the government of Quebec should do more to identify asymptomatic cases.
In particular, it proposes to imitate certain European countries and to systematically use rapid antigenic tests in several public places in order to prevent outbreaks.
“If we had passed these tests to all the people who entered the gym in Quebec, it takes 10 minutes to have a result, there would never have been an outbreak,” believes the public health expert.
“When we decide to close an entire class because there is a case, 30 parents have to stay at home to look after their children for 14 days. With these rapid tests, we could return other children to school every day, adds Roxane Borgès Da Silva. We did not come out of the woods, unfortunately. Immunization will not solve everything just yet. We must therefore continue to think about innovative strategies in order to be able to return to a normal life. “