Ontario doctors call for public health measures to stay in place as province begins to reopen

Biologist doctor Caroline Gutsmuth prepares to swab a woman with COVID-19 symptoms as she stays in her car, outside a medical biology laboratory that opened a coronavirus drive-thru testing site, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris, Monday, March 23, 2020.
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Date of Publication: May 16, 2020

Source: CTV News

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA), an organization representing Ontario doctors, calls on the government to maintain public health measures in place until a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 is discovered. As Ontario begins the process of reopening following a 2-month lockdown due to the pandemic, the OMA is urging consideration of the “significant work and loss” that have brought us to this point of readiness, and of the continued efforts and measures required to safely transition to a new normal. The OMA report released on Friday cautions against rushing a return by default to the previous normal to avoid a potential surge in cases. The OMA recommends that five public health measures remain in place while the province reopens. These recommendations are: continued “personal protective measures”, including physical distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks in public, firm understanding of the prevalence of COVID-19 in the population through proper testing, sustainable contact tracing of all cases, nuanced approach to the decision to reopen schools and childcare centres, and “simple, timely, effective, evidence-based, and transparent” communications with the public.

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Summary by: Ming Li