Even if the cases remain relatively stable and incomparable with Montreal, the déconfinement will have to be very progressive in the area of Quebec to avoid a second wave of devastation, according to the director of public health of the Capitale-Nationale, François Desbiens.
“The virus is present and it will be for many years to come,” quipped Dr. Desbiens, justifying the importance of a return to normal life very gradually.
“If we go back as we lived in the month of December, it is inevitable that we will catch up with the curve of the spread that has been avoided”, he continued, in a telephone interview with The Journal.
If he says he is very supportive of the déconfinement of the population, as much for health reasons as for economic reasons, Dr. Desbiens considers that we must remain vigilant.
Even if more than half of the cases in the National Capital are now healed, with 381 remissions on 682 cases, the battle can be far from being finished.
A “shock” effective
According to the director of public health, containment put in place by the government was necessary in order to avoid finding themselves in a situation similar to Italy, for example.
“The shock of the government market, it has been effective. We find ourselves in a situation where there has been no overflow of our hospital beds,” observed Mr. Desbiens.
“We managed the first step. Now, must be re-opened gradually in order to not are living the negative effects of confinement which would take too long,” he added.
Also, the zero risk does not exist, François Desbiens, the precise well. It will be necessary to accept a certain degree of spread of the virus in the population.
However, the government will have to find the right pace to allow for economic recovery while ensuring that they do not create a second massive wave of contamination.
“We know that there will be a transmission, but it will be necessary to ensure that it is not high and we must control it.”
In the National Capital, 94% of people who died from COVID-19 were 70 years and over, while they represent only 26% of cases infected.