Removing COVID-19 restrictions is a gamble governments seem ready to take
Dropping restrictions gives the coronavirus a free ride, and bad things can happen when that occurs
It was not a message most were expecting to hear from Dr. Bonnie Henry.While certain virus-related restrictions remain in place, B.C. has removed isolation requirements and testing for most of the population. And while Dr. Henry emphasized she was not suggesting that the disease had become endemic – something that behaves more like a seasonal flu – she was making it clear that health strategies to deal with this plague were shifting.
It’s a message we are seeing from politicians and public health officials across the country and around the world. Alberta has declared that Omicron has peaked in the province, and restrictions will be lifted in the near future. In Europe, meanwhile, some countries have effectively declared the pandemic over. Britain has dropped most of its COVID-19 restrictions, including the wearing of masks. Ireland and others have also moved in this direction.Read more: The Globe and Mail »
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When you have more then 50 people dying every day and no body cares, what’s the point of restrictions! It’s about protecting people anymore it’s all political! The provincial election is in few months and Doug ford doesn’t want to rock the boat!!! Conservatives don’t seem to believe in science.Harper tried to muzzle the scientists They had to protest on Parliament Hill Now Conservative leaders are prepared to cater to the people who follow & believe the fake science on the internet while turning a deaf ear to Canadian Drs
It's not a gamble. The overly scared and petrified have an option, unlike those who lost their job because of restrictions and mandates. gamble？they have gambled for more than two years, betting everyone’s liberty, freedom and humanity for their gain of tyranny! They did not care about health, treatment, true science! That is their gamble! You liar!
'Governments remove COVID-19 restrictions based on updated risk assessment', Fixed it for ya Enough of the fear mongering, people will remember down the road which companies like yours kept people hopeless and down. The media has become a parasite living off the fear and misery of people. You’re more dangerous than any of these truckers
A real dumb idea! Way too early! Criminal…more unnecessary illness and death. Our provincial government is letting us down again…our CMOH is letting us down, again! Dangerous and negligent! What gamble? We have given out 77 million vaccine doses and now have antiviral and other treatments plus data showing who most at risk requiring a fourth dose or isolation. This is not March 2020
Trudeau needs to keep everyone in fear to stay relevant. His problem is trust. No one trusts him and for good reason. Of course. The only ones that the restriction will affect in any adverse significant way will be the unvaccinated people. Because they in turn will vote against the party in power who does not lift the restriction. So it's a win win.
Kenney looks toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions once hospital numbers start dropping | CBC NewsKenney said the decision would be based on data, and what the province can learn from other jurisdictions where the Omicron wave is ahead of Alberta 's. How to know if you have vitamin D deficiency to avoid any complications in winter Its gonna get pretty hard for Kenney to keep whining about federal covid mandates when it actually him enacting the mandates in Alberta. Like Kenny cares about Data .😂
Some provinces begin easing COVID-19 restrictions as hospitalizations stabilize - National | Globalnews.caSeveral Canadian provinces are revisiting COVID-19 protocols to ease restrictions as hospitalizations continue to show signs of stabilizing. Very much Bullshit with this co vid program Get Back to Work
5 members of Canada's Olympic team placed in COVID-19 protocols in Beijing | CBC SportsThe Canadian Olympic Committee says five members of the Canadian delegation in Beijing are in COVID-19 protocol. The delegation of 246 people includes athletes, coaches and other staff, the COC says. Now China has another excuse to blame Canada for their covid cases, like they never had one... it is started in China and they let it out with the complacency of WHO. You couldn't pay me to sit in one those. Gazillion mph. No way. FNstrongvoice
Skip Tracy Fleury enters COVID-19 protocol will miss start of Tournament of Hearts | National NewswatchNational Newswatch: Canada's most comprehensive site for political news and views. Make it a daily habit.
5 members of Canadian Olympic delegation in COVID-19 protocol ahead of Beijing GamesFive members of Team Canada's delegation in Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics are currently in COVID-19 protocol, the Canadian Olympic Committee said Friday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's isolation due to child testing positive for COVID-19Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's isolating because one of his kids tested positive for COVID-19. In an interview with The Canadian Press, he says he feels fine and has no symptoms. Now he’s going after the children. If he’s not attacking Canadians, he’s attacking women, if he’s not attacking women he’s attacking children. CowardOfTheCottage cdnpoli Isolating due to the Trucker variant 🤣🤣🤣🤡 Imagine his kid died lololololol! Lies!
When B.Social Sharing 14 more deaths reported in province, Dr.COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to show signs of stabilizing.Social Sharing Full delegation consists of 246 people, including 215 athletes CBC Sports · Posted: Jan 28, 2022 10:08 AM ET | Last Updated: 20 minutes ago Five members of Canada's Olympic delegation were placed in COVID-19 protocols in Beijing, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced on Friday.
C.’s Provincial Health Officer recently said the province was altering its pandemic strategy and beginning to manage COVID-19 more like a common cold, more than a few sips of coffee were spit out. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, held a news conference Thursday about efforts to contain COVID-19. It was not a message most were expecting to hear from Dr. Read more: Rapid test or medical note OK for COVID workplace claims in Ontario during Omicron: WSIB In Ontario cinemas, theatres, arenas and concerts will be reopening Monday, with capacity limits, but also with the ability to serve snacks and drinks. Bonnie Henry. "That day you're talking about is coming," Kenney told a news conference, responding to a question about when Albertans may see the easing of public health restrictions. While certain virus-related restrictions remain in place, B.
C. And I hope it comes — I'll just tell you this — we will eliminate the restrictions exemption program as soon as it is safe to do so. In Quebec, officials reported a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Thursday, although 56 new deaths were linked to the virus. has removed isolation requirements and testing for most of the population. And while Dr. "We're at, in fact, the highest point in the two years in terms of people in hospital with COVID. Henry emphasized she was not suggesting that the disease had become endemic – something that behaves more like a seasonal flu – she was making it clear that health strategies to deal with this plague were shifting.. It’s a message we are seeing from politicians and public health officials across the country and around the world." Kenney said the decision would be based on data, and what the province can learn from other jurisdictions where the Omicron wave is ahead of Alberta's.
Alberta has declared that Omicron has peaked in the province, and restrictions will be lifted in the near future. In Europe, meanwhile, some countries have effectively declared the pandemic over. "I am hopeful, based on the trends we are beginning to see here and we've seen elsewhere, that we'll be able to consider lifting that and most other public health measures well before that," he said. Britain has dropped most of its COVID-19 restrictions, including the wearing of masks. Ireland and others have also moved in this direction. 2:39 Dr. Undoubtedly, there are Canadians everywhere cheering these developments.
Everyone wants this damned pandemic over with. There were 1,469 people with COVID-19 in hospital Thursday, up from 1,418 on Wednesday, Hinshaw said. Everyone wants their freedoms back. Parents, in particular, want to know a world again in which they don’t have to worry about what to do with children who can’t go to school and cry every day about online learning. Alberta Health Services has started moving patients into the Kaye Edmonton Clinic pandemic response unit. The pollster Darrell Bricker (Ipsos) recently said on Twitter that a majority of Canadians (67 per cent of those surveyed) believe the virus has entered an endemic state. I’m not sure that is anything more than wishful thinking, but it’s telling nonetheless. Over the next few days additional patients will be admitted to the unit, which currently has staffing to support 18 beds.
It reflects the feeling I get that people can’t handle much more of this thing. But what if, in the desire to give people a desperately needed break from lockdowns and circuit breakers, our politicians and public health officials are making a miscalculation? What if they are setting us up for a massive disappointment? Are they preparing to deliver us to a point where there is no turning back to anything resembling a lockdown, regardless of circumstance? Which brings me to the concern I have. Without the use of additional surge spaces, provincial ICU capacity would be at 112 per cent. I recently listened to an interview the BBC did with Maria Van Kerkhove, the lead infectious disease epidemiologist with the World Health Organization. She, too, recognizes that people are ready to be done with the virus but she cautioned that it’s far, far too early to move into that mindset. She practically guaranteed that COVID-19 will not end with the Omicron wave.
She said it would not be the last variant or wave we are talking about. There are still more than three billion people around the world who have not had a single dose of vaccine to protect them from the worst effects of the virus. This will allow the virus to flourish and mutate. Dr. Van Kerkhove expressed alarm over governments dropping isolation requirements and other pandemic restrictions.
She said this gives the virus a free ride, and bad things can happen when that occurs. “We will be in this situation with COVID-19 right through 2022,” said Dr. Van Kerkhov. “There is no question in my mind. You can’t reach an endemic state in one country while the virus is thriving elsewhere.
It doesn’t work that way.” Of course, no one wants to hear that, least of all the fine folks in the truck convoy who have begun to descend on Ottawa for a protest this weekend – and who believe the restrictions were a tragedy from the outset. The prospect of this pandemic lasting throughout this year is enough to make them completely lose their minds, if they haven’t already. Perhaps we should take solace in the fact that Omicron may have helped accelerate the end of the pandemic. It has infected so many people that it has also helped build community immunity.
This could help us take a major step toward making COVID-19 a more manageable disease. But it will not lead to the extinction of the virus. As William Hanage recently wrote in the New York Times, pandemics don’t end with the “virus vanquished, a ticker-tape parade and a banner proclaiming “mission accomplished.” Instead, said the infectious disease researcher at the Havard T.H.
Chan School of Public Health, the disease reaches a point at which public health authorities decide it’s a tolerable risk to resume life as we knew it. The problem is that people will disagree about what that means and when that moment has arrived. Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. .