Situation in emergencies: “We cannot keep society hostage to the health system”


Relaxation of sanitary measures would be necessary in Quebec, even if the situation in hospitals is far from ideal, according to Dr. Laurie Robichaud, Vice-president of the Association of specialists in emergency medicine of Quebec.

“At some point, you’re going to have to find a balance so that the rest of life can continue to function. We cannot keep the rest of society closed hostage to the health system while waiting for things to improve, when we know that it will probably be a very long time before the situation gets better,” he said. she explained at the microphone of Philippe-Vincent Foisy on QUB radio.

The one who is also an emergency physician at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal argued that the unpredictability of COVID-19 should not delay possible relaxations.

“The last few months have shown us that predictions are almost impossible with this virus. At the hospital it is still under pressure, and it is not as if the pressure will drastically decrease in the next month, ”she added.

The emergency physician, however, maintained that a complete deconfinement is not the possible solution at this point. “Now is not the time to turn the taps on full steam; you have to go gradually. At some point, you have no choice but to go ahead and try to live with the virus, these are calculated risks that you have to take.

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