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Should we delay going back to class? | Coronavirus


Faced with the rise in the number of new cases of COVID-19 and the high number of hospitalizations, immunologist André Veillette is awaiting Quebec’s decision regarding the return to class. “We know that children are vectors, they are really propagators,” he recalls. Obviously, if the professor is infected, it’s not very helpful. We will have to see, we will have to adjust to the epidemiology. “

Children aged 5 to 11 started receiving their first dose of the vaccine at the end of November, bringing the date of the second dose to around January 19, 2022.

I hope parents will understand that if it is for the well-being of society and of the children, maybe we need to delay going back to school., continued Dr. Veillette in an interview with Anne-Marie Lemay.

At the same time, he hopes that Quebec will not imitate the United States, which has just reduced the isolation time from ten to five days. André Veillette believes that the scientific community lacks data on the Omicron variant to make such a decision.

I was surprised to see this. I imagine it’s because there has been a lot of pressure, especially in the health system, in the financial sector or in the shops to speed up the return to work. This is for the asymptomatic, he believes.

In Mauricie and Center-du-Québec, 650 healthcare workers are on sick leave due to COVID-19.

At a time when Quebecers are increasingly testing themselves at home, Dr. Veillette believes that the 12,833 cases reported on December 27 do not represent reality.000 are the actual digits. “,” Text “:” I wouldn’t even be surprised if it’s close to 20,000 the actual digits. “}} ‘>It wouldn’t even surprise me if it wasn’t far from 20,000, the real numbers.

No rapid tests before the beginning of January

Almost all of the four million rapid tests were sold in pharmacies across the province. The president of the Association of pharmacists owners, Benoit Morin, does not have a confirmed date for the reception of new rapid tests. He expects to hear from the next deliveries towards the end of the week.

At the microphone of Anne-Marie Lemay, Mr. Morin said that it would take several tens of millions of additional tests to pass through this wave. The tests we gave were useful. People are going to need to repeat these tests, he said.

He also recalled that to be reliable, the test must be done twice in the event of a negative result. It is a good tool for preventing transmission, that is clear. But you have to have enough, he said while adding that we should not rely only on these results to avoid the spread of the virus.

The president of the Association of Owner Pharmacists insists that people who have symptoms of COVID-19 should not go to a pharmacy. These customers should call their pharmacist or request a home delivery when needed.

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