The 7th wave of the pandemic is “under control”, assures public health

The 7th wave of the pandemic is “under control”, assures public health

According to the senior strategic medical adviser of the General Directorate of Public Health, the situation “tends to stabilize” in Quebec.

“We are in a 7th wave in Quebec where the BA.5 variant is predominant […]. “, said Dr. Marie-France Raynault in a press briefing on Thursday.

The doctor provided an update this Thursday on the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic in Quebec. For once, neither the Prime Minister, nor the Minister of Health, nor the National Director of Public Health are present. For her, the situation is not dramatic as during the first wave.

“A lot of people continue to show up with symptoms at work or at events,” she said, however.

According to Dr. Raynault, the return of the mandatory mask is not planned, but public health only recommends keeping one “at hand” when traveling and in public places.

Living with the virus is living normally but taking basic precautions

Dr. Marie-France Raynault

Vaccination

Dr. Raynault recommends a booster dose six months after the last, especially for people over 60.

Regarding a possible vaccination campaign for children aged 6 months to 5 years, public health in Quebec is awaiting additional recommendations from the Committee on Immunization of Quebec (CIQ) on its implementation.

As for a 3rd dose for 5 to 12 year olds, Ms. Raynault believes that “it is not currently planned”. “If benefits are demonstrated, we will put it in place,” she explains.

Asked about the return of compulsory random tests at airports, Dr. Marie-France Raynault said this could make it possible “to detect variants in travelers”, explains Dr. Raynault.

According to the strategic medical adviser, situations of tension in hospitals are more linked to a lack of personnel than to hospitalizations related to COVID-19. In addition, in the health network, 7,236 health care workers are currently absent for reasons related to COVID-19.

7th wave in progress

The Minister of Health Christian Dubé had confirmed it during a press briefing held Thursday, July 7: Quebec is today in the seventh wave of COVID-19. All indicators point to a strong recovery from the pandemic. Public health in Quebec today reports 18 new deaths linked to COVID-19 and an increase of 93 hospitalizations.

In addition to the daily statistics from the Ministry of Health, the concentrations of the virus were on the rise in the sewers of Montreal and Laval, according to the latest data from the INSPQ.

Measures have already been taken, in particular by the Public Health Agency of Canada which announced the resumption of random mandatory screening tests at airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto from July 19. They were suspended on June 11. In addition, only travelers who have received two doses of the vaccine can enter Canada.

Health Canada today authorized a first vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years. For its part, Ontario has just opened the 4th dose to all 18 years and older, which Quebec approved last May.

Despite the current epidemiological portrait, Mr. Dubé ruled out the return of health measures last Thursday. He then felt that we were “more made to oblige things when people know the risks very well”.

With the collaboration of Yann Nopieyie

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