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We have the necessary tools and we must use them, argues Professor Benoît Barbeau, from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal (University of Quebec in Montreal).

We can’t continually reconfine ourselves, he said on Sunday at the Telejournal Acadie. It is certain that we will have to find a compromise.

A photo portrait of Benoît Barbeau.

Professor Benoît Barbeau.

Photo: Photo provided by Benoît Barbeau

Among these tools to get out of a pandemic, Professor Barbeau cites vaccines more suitable and more representative of certain variants that may circulate, proper COVID screening, and judicious use of ventilation and air purification technologies in public places.

We must also act upstream, not only with the vaccines, but also at the level of transmission, to ensure that the places, the interior places are equipped with ventilation systems and even well-adapted purification systems., he says.

This equipment to assess the quality of the air and better purify it exists and works well, notes the professor, but we were a little less active in that sense in virus response plans.

Overwhelmed by the increase in COVID-related hospitalizations and faced with an unprecedented crisis in human resources in the health system, New Brunswick began a new lockdown on January 15.

The Prime Minister Blaine Higgs says further restrictions were needed to mitigate the impact on [le] health care system.

We don’t have to wonder to the idea of ​​living permanently with this coronavirus, we must immediately think about it, says the UQAM virology expert.

and I believe we have the necessary tools. You have to use them”,”text”:”It’s a respiratory virus. It will be more present in the winter seasons. There will be cases of infection, unfortunately people who will die from it, but we have to get there precisely with the best option, the best way to manage these increases in cases and to ensure that cases of hospitalization are limited to maximum — and I believe we have the necessary tools. You have to use them”}}”>It’s a respiratory virus. It will be more present in the winter seasons. There will be cases of infection, unfortunately people who will die from it, but we have to get there precisely with the best option, the best way to manage these increases in cases and to ensure that cases of hospitalization are limited to maximum — and I believe we have the necessary tools. You have to use them, he argues.

The New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development says it is preparing for the post-pandemic. The government has commissioned an assessment of school ventilation systems.

As it concerns the portable filtration system, the high-efficiency particulate air [filtres à air à haute efficacité], we received the report just today and we will share it publicly next week, said Friday Minister Dominic Cardy in an interview with TurnedNews.com. After that, we will enter into discussions on how to address the recommendations that are included in the report.

The return to class of students is scheduled for January 31 in New Brunswick.

With information from Nicolas Steinbach

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