Sunday, March 29, 2020
Covid19 update Mar 30, 2020
Premier Ford has extended the Emergency Order in Effect for Ontario till at least April 14, 2020. This implies that everyone should stay at home and not venture out unless it is an emergency. For those worried about coronavirus, please take the following assesment quiz, https://covid-19.ontario.ca/.
We will continue to work in isolation, and provide services. We will accomplish as much as possible by phone, fax and other remote means. Messages will be returned. For urgent medical matters we will arrange specific assesment times. Those with fever and infection will be triaged elsewhere until protection equiptment arrives.Please continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
We continue to remain under an emergency order to remain at home, maintain proper hygiene and distancing. I am very impressed with how our political and medical leadership have responded to the Covid19 situation when compared to our southern neighbours, who continue to bicker and fight amongst themselves, while the situation continues to peak and the economy suffers. Seeing our prime minister on television daily, giving a calm and responsive approach, is helpful. The opposition support this effort. A similar approach is taken by the premier, and the head of my own OMA has been relentlessly mobilizing efforts and providing validated information. The medical community is mobilizing. Locally, we are preparing to bolster and support innitiatives and we will be redeployed to aid hospital congestion.
I am dissappointed how the numbers are broadcast like a factual hockey score. Simply reporting how many positive swabs were processed in a day, and how many deaths occurred without context leads to fear. The numbers are very complex and different. For numerous reasons, you cannot compare countries around the globe without considering complex variables. Much more context is needed around these numbers. This creates a fear, and overloads hospitals. It is drying up supplies needlessly that may be needed later. There is a fear based demand for testing and the results show that only about 3% are positive, and most of those are sent home.