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.
Summary by: Ming Li