Ontario’s new COVID-19 restrictions have the science “absolutely backwards”

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Ontario’s new COVID-19 restrictions have the science “absolutely backwards”



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A leading epidemiologist slams aspects of the Ontario government’s decision to double COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, saying Premier Doug Ford has the science behind his soon-to-be-passed measures towards”.

University of Toronto professor Dr David Fisman expressed his frustration in an interview with Global News shortly after the Prime Minister’s press conference, where he announced more COVID-19 restrictions aimed at slowing the record spread of new cases in the province.

“The reason it’s so frustrating to hear stuff like this is that it has the science absolutely upside down,” he said.

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Fisman, who is also a member of the Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Table, has particularly targeted the government’s decision to restrict almost all outdoor activities while keeping certain indoor settings open such as big box stores and supermarkets. religious places.

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“We know in Ontario that the main drivers of transportation right now are workplaces, especially industrial workplaces, warehouses, Amazon fulfillment centers, post offices,” said Fisman.

“We know that a lot of people who get sick have lower income or poor job security and cannot stay home if they feel sick.”

What the prime minister should have done instead, Fisman said, was double stronger ventilation in indoor environments, an increase in COVID-19 testing and paid sick leave for essential businesses.

“And I didn’t hear any of that today. I didn’t hear any of this at today’s press conference… It’s so ridiculous.

Fisman, who also sharply criticized the government’s decision to reopen schools, called the prime minister’s decision to restrict outdoor activities “absolute madness.”



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“You know, you’re taking safe options away from people because you’re not doing anything to impact where the disease is spreading at a time when our intensive care units are literally collapsing,” he said.

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Public health experts and epidemiologists have previously indicated that responsible outdoor recreation and gatherings are one of the last safe ways for people to be in public places during the pandemic.

Several others in the province, alongside Fisman, have expressed frustration at what they see as a useless government mandate.

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Les nouvelles mesures comprennent également des pouvoirs de police accrus et des points de contrôle provinciaux, qui entreront en vigueur à 00 h 01 samedi. D’autres mesures, y compris la limitation de la capacité pour les lieux religieux en personne, les funérailles et les mariages à 10 personnes, entreront en vigueur lundi.

Le solliciteur général de l’Ontario, Sylvia Jones, a déclaré aux journalistes vendredi que la police et les agents des règlements seraient désormais en mesure d’arrêter les automobilistes et les piétons pour leur demander une pièce d’identité et pourquoi ils ne sont pas chez eux – ce qui a immédiatement suscité une condamnation généralisée de la part des militants. Ontariens et membres de l’opposition provinciale.

«C’est un vendredi noir de droits bafoués par Queen’s Park aujourd’hui, au risque d’une éruption de profilage racial et de pouvoirs policiers excessifs, présumant que tout le monde est coupable jusqu’à preuve du contraire», a déclaré l’Association canadienne des libertés civiles.

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Le député néo-démocrate de l’Ontario, Gurratan Singh, a qualifié l’annonce de Ford de «brevetage de la police», tandis que le chef libéral de l’Ontario, Steven Del Duca, a qualifié les pouvoirs de police de «loi martiale».

Fisman a déclaré que l’Ontario atteignait un point où une personne pourrait ne pas être en mesure de recevoir des soins si elle tombait malade dans les semaines à venir en raison du système de soins intensifs «saturant» de la province. Plusieurs experts, dont la Dre Theresa Tam, administratrice en chef de la santé publique du Canada, ont depuis sonné la sonnette d’alarme sur une crise potentielle aux soins intensifs dans les hotspots COVID-19 du pays.

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Selon Fisman, la crise de la santé publique dans la province pourrait être maîtrisée grâce à de bonnes politiques, à de bonnes pratiques et à un leadership – ce qu’il dit que l’Ontario n’a pas.

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«Vous savez, la difficulté dans laquelle nous nous trouvons en Ontario, c’est qu’il y a des choses qui ne semblent pas être sur la table. Les chantiers de construction ne sont pas sur la table. Amazone [warehouse closures] is not on the table. There’s all these places where, you know, for some reason you can’t touch it, so you have to make a lot of noise to shut down crazy things like parks, playgrounds. It won’t help anything. It makes it look like you’re doing something, ”he said.

“…. This is going to bite us in the long run. You can reap short-term benefits from these places, but our economy is going to sink much longer than it would be if we decided to control this thing, which we could do if we had different leadership.

With files from Global News’s Nick Westoll and Jessica Patton

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