BEFORE CHRIST. Government says physical distance is much more important than masks to contain COVID-19 in the next phase


The B.C. Government says physical distance will continue to be far more important than the use of personal protective equipment as the province moves to the next stage of its response to COVID-19.

Ministry of Health officials made the case in a presentation showing the province’s strategy, placing it at the bottom of a “hierarchy of controls … to reduce the risk of transmission” list.

Personal protective equipment was below physical distance, technical and administrative controls, although they said that people should consider “the use of non-medical masks in situations where physical distance cannot not be maintained ”, as during transport or during purchases.

“Physical distance has made a difference,” said B.C. chief health officer Bonnie Henry at his daily press conference.

A slide presented by the B.C. government showing the hierarchy to reduce the risk of future transmission of COVID-19. (British Columbia Ministry of Health)

The announcement came the same day the government announced that there were 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the province in the past two days, bringing the cumulative total to 2,224.

There are 77 people hospitalized and 1,417 in total have recovered. Three new deaths have been announced, bringing the total number to 117 since the start of the epidemic.

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BEFORE CHRIST. Premier John Horgan is expected to announce his strategy to gradually “reopen” the province on Wednesday, a fact Henry alluded to in his presentation.

“It is, I believe, the end of the beginning of this pandemic,” she said.

“We have room to increase our social ties … but as we enter this new phase, we must keep these principles in mind. “

Henry confirmed that the province continues to work assuming that British Columbia. currently accounts for around 30% of regular interactions, but the virus can be controlled if it stays below 60% in the future.

“We could have increased the number of cases and some hospitalizations … but they would be manageable. We would be able to handle this, and there are things we can do to make these contacts safer for people, ”she said.

“Our challenge, and our work together, is to find this ideal point. Somewhere around increasing our contacts by twice the number we have now, but without allowing these opportunities for exponential rapid growth in our communities. “

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