Experts argue that by-election candidates in Mary-Victorine Riding should avoid traditional visits to nursing homes due to the risks associated with Kovid-19.
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“We need to limit ourselves to this kind of activity because it remains one of the most dangerous places. The most vulnerable people will find themselves there,” said virologist Benoit Barbeau from the beginning.
Yesterday, Coalition Avenir Quebec candidate Shirley Dorismond visited the Habitats Lafayette Seniors Residence (RPA) in Langue, along with Finance Minister Pierre FitzGibbon.
The nurse wants to succeed Catherine Fornier, now mayor of Longueil as deputy to Mary-Victorine.
The by-election will be held on April 11. Advance voting, which started today, will continue tomorrow.
The publication of this excursion on Twitter, along with a photo of M.Me Chatting with a resident without a Dorismond mask sparked a big scandal on social media.
“You have to understand that your complete visit to the RPA at 6 is an unnecessary oneAnd The wave puts the people who live there in danger. You have to be an example, ”replied Nathalie Grandwax, a professor of medicine at the University of Montreal.
“If we see a lot of candidates starting to circulate through CHSLDs and RPAs, it risks creating problems,” he said. Barbeau argues.
“All the health rules on this visit were respected. […] We don’t consider it necessary to comment on such fabrications. “
Note that Liberal candidate Emily Nollett went to the RPA Villa Riv-Sud on March 24 with Laporte and Nicole Maynard.
“With circulating and highly transmissible BA.2, we may have some trouble and be responsible for preventing transmission,” said Benoit Barbeau.
If politicians are interested in meeting the residents of these residences, it is better to do so outside, he continued.
“There must be an agreement between all parties not to campaign in the RPA, so the seniors living there are put at risk and the votes must be won,” geriatrician David Lucier also wrote on Twitter.
National Director of Public Health Dr.R Luc Boileau must present his decision today on the lifting of the obligation to wear a mask.