The sun is shining, the weather is warmer, and Canadians are cooperating because the spread of the virus-19 will cause itching to begin to attract the outdoors.
Experts on infectious diseases say that is possible, but they are still asking people to use common sense in choosing their facilities.
That means there are plenty of fun parks, lodges and beaches out there, not long ago.
“I know the day is going to start well. It may be tempting to get out, but just know that we are still at a critical time,” said Natasha Salt, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.
“People can get COVID-19 and have a mild illness – which is why it can spread to others so quickly – and then we will see more of the disease.
“So it’s still important to get out there but just maintaining this separation and separation is also important.”
Pictures on the weekend show Canadians ignore that advice, as warmer weather causes Vancouver residents to resort to beaches and cafes, walking around and eating. handy.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital, said he was disappointed to see that.
“There are some things but first, that’s not necessary,” Bogoch said in a telephone interview with The Canadian Press. “I can only hope that it will not have any impact across Canada.
“It’s not okay to walk, but to walk by yourself. … That’s not what we see in the pictures (from Vancouver).”
Bogoch said information from Canada’s health policy has been clear since the outbreak began several weeks ago, and maintaining a relationship is important. than.
So there is no excuse for not following these rules, he said.
“We know we have to keep it to ourselves, we know we don’t think we need to gather in groups, right? Pretty clear,” Bogoch continued. “We have heard it from just about every public health officer at the federal, state and local levels.
“If we follow the instructions, we’ll skip this with less bumps and bruises.”
Dr. Andrea Boggild, another epidemiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, said seeing pictures of crowded parks in the past few days “caused a stir.” high. “
“As a responsible citizen, we should all be aware that there are many risks involved if we do not follow our health care provider’s recommendations for health care. different, ”he said. “Remember, the best way to avoid getting sick with KEVID-19 is to avoid the spread of the disease, and separation is a good way of preventing that.”
Bogoch said outdoor workers should be especially careful in areas where high levels of exposure – parks, furniture, railways – anything that can change the disease by the patient goes into pain.
He said COVID-19 can stick to surfaces “from a few hours to a few days” but tends to “stay solid” on metal and plastics longer than it used to on paper. Environmental factors like ultraviolet rays and temperature can also affect the viability of the organism.
“I think we should just assume that high defenses are the area where the virus will live,” Bogoch said. “And that’s why we have such a clean hand.”
Boggild was wary of using tables, playgrounds and even a basketball court, characterizing everything as a “touch zone.”
Kevin Coombs, an expert on infectious diseases and a professor of microbiology at the University of Manitoba, said COVID-19 can also stick “fairly” to clothing, and make feathers. consistency.
However, “coronavirus” infections did not extend to those sites, however. It is also not advisable to put on clothes or hair in the first place.
“That would require someone to connect directly to you or cough up the surface you’ve touched and then apply it to yourself,” Coombs said.
Still, it emphasizes the importance of maintaining distance to minimize risk.
Coombs acknowledges one of the medical doctors he works with in giving it succinctly: it’s the people who are “carriers of the organism.”
“If you can avoid people, that’s the basis of what affects relationships. That’s all there is to do,” Coombs said.
“So, I would say really get out there and get some fresh air, make the most of the practices that you do, but be careful and respectful of the differences.”
This report by the Canadian Press was first published March 26, 2020.