This is the message that Doctor Chris Mackie, the London medical officer of health, communicated to journalists on Monday.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit, the City of London and the County of Middlesex held their first joint virtual briefing to update local media on the latest developments involving the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mackie said Monday’s figures are not an indication of a real decline, but rather that it is likely the result of the province’s catch-up tests.
Over the weekend, the Middlesex-London Health Unit reported a record 21 cases on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, only two new cases were reported for a total of 136.
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Although he was unable to give details on when the region would start to see a decline in cases, Mackie said the Middlesex-London region would peak in weeks, not months.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic wave,” said Mackie.
“It may be the first part of the wave, or it may be closer to the top – it’s not clear, but what is clear is that it is now more important than ever to take it very seriously physical distance. “
“We will see more deaths about two weeks after the peak of the disease, so even after reaching the peak, we will still see the number of deaths increase,” said Mackie.
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He told reporters that the percentage of people who tested positive for the virus remained stable last week at around 8%.
“The way we act, react and react today will determine the length of our communities in this area,” said Cathy Burghardt-Jesson, County Director for Middlesex.
Over the weekend, the province increased restrictions on Ontarians during COVID-19, sending an alert saying, “Everyone, except essential workers, must stay at home.”
“Only go out if it is absolutely necessary to go shopping, to get your prescriptions or to go to a medical appointment. “
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Asked if it meant people weren’t allowed to go out, Mackie replied that it was not a simple yes or no, saying it depends on whether people can keep themselves and others safe. community members.
Before leaving, he recommends that people ask themselves, for example, whether their children run away when they see a friend or whether it is safe to enter and exit frequently apartment buildings that are crowded.
“If you are in quarantine because you have recently traveled or have come into contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, it is not normal to be outside. “
Middlesex-London doctor of health Chris Mackie on the latest information regarding COVID-19
Mackie added that those who tested positive for COVID-19 should also stay indoors.
Asked if more social distancing regulations were needed, Mayor Ed Holder responded by saying more rules were not the answer, adding that what had to happen was that everyone pay attention to the rules already in place.
Holder said several counselors have received reports that children and adolescents congregate on school grounds and do not practice physical distance.
Discussing the possible use of masks, Mackie explained that they are generally not effective because people often touch their faces to adjust them, which goes against the goal. He said masks can prevent a person from spreading the virus to other people if they are sick, but it will not protect the person wearing it.
“If you think that the cloth mask or any other mask will be better than keeping our distance from others, you are absolutely wrong. “
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
Health authorities warn against all international travel. Return travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, starting March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.
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