December 1, 2023

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Sixth Wave of Kovid-19: No watchword for a long vacation

Extension of wearing a mask: "acceptable barrier under the circumstances"

Despite continuing to be hospitalized, public health is relying on individuals to decide whether or not they want to reunite as a family during the long Easter holiday.

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Unlike previous waves there is no question of imposing maximum number of guests or restrictions.

Director of Public Health Dr.R Luc Boileau, called for caution, but declined to make official recommendations.

Quebec has entered a new phase of the epidemic where citizens are aware of their “own danger,” he explained. “So we don’t want to standardize it by saying more than a lot, etc. Let’s tell people not to see each other at Easter. It’s an important party, it’s a chance to meet again, but it should be done carefully,” said D.C.R Boyleau.

He reminds us that we should not be in contact with a person with Kovid-19 symptoms now or for less than 10 days. Also, he believes that the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or people who are sick are more at risk.

When curfews were imposed in Montreal, the Laval, the Capitol-National, the Chowder-Appalachians and the Autouis, we avoided the sanctions imposed at the same time last year.

A different situation

With 2,060 people hospitalized, Quebec is facing a “stressful” health network, DR Luke Boyle.

The situation was not the same when Quebec imposed a new curfew of 1,000 beds last December. “Right now, the big difference is that we have a well-vaccinated population, D explainsR Boyleau. Not everyone is vaccinated, but people at risk are clearly well vaccinated.

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Also, by voluntarily keeping themselves isolated as soon as symptoms appeared, the population became more accustomed to managing the epidemic itself. And over the past few months many infections have brought “herd immunity”, d.R Boyleau.

Last December, estimates of the number of people admitted to the hospital also predicted a significant increase in the hospital, it turned out, although the National Institutes of Excellence in Health and Social Services reported 2,339 occupied beds on Wednesday.

With Kovid or for Kovid?

In addition, nearly half of the 2,060 people currently hospitalized have not been admitted for COVID-19. The person who submitted for childbirth, the virus was discovered after a broken hip or other cause, sometimes accidentally.

Prime Minister Franois Legalt also used the distinction on Wednesday to keep track of the number of people currently hospitalized. “Half of them are in the hospital, people with COVID, they’re not in the hospital for COVID,” he said this morning.

But dR Boyle recalled that these cases were demanding for a health network. “To avoid a relationship with other beneficiaries, they have to be alone to prevent employees from holding on to it,” he recalls.

Not to mention that there are currently 12,700 employees missing out on the Health Network.

Load shedding is still a fact in our hospitals, which can only do 70% of the surgeries performed in normal time.

Flu season

Quebec will also have to deal with a new tile: the late arrival of the flu (influenza), an “unusual” situation in April. “We did without it, but we live with it”, D enabledR Boyleau.

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In Europe, when the flu season began a few weeks ago, influenza caused first-line stress, but without a significant impact on hospitalization, according to Dr. D., a microbiologist and specialist from MSSS.R John Langtin.

New vaccine

However, health officials have good news for people who do not receive or reject the messenger RNA vaccine. The Novavox protein-based vaccine is now available in Quebec.

To date almost 7,500 doses have been received and Quebec expects a total of 220,000 doses.

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