May 19, 2024
Even doctors now believe it's time to set Ontario free
While many in the media focus on the number of new cases each day, the more important metrics are how many are hospitalized and how many are in intensive care or on ventilators. On those counts, Ontario is doing well and the time to set the people free is now.
While many in the media focus on the number of new cases each day, the more important metrics are how many are hospitalized and how many are in intensive care or on ventilators. On those counts, Ontario is doing well and the time to set the people free is now.

A growing chorus of doctors is calling for the Ontario government to open up more of society citing health reasons for ending the lockdown.

In the National Post this week, four doctors — all specialists in infectious diseases — wrote that with a vaccine still a long way off it doesn’t make sense to keep people at home. Drs.Neil Rau, Susan Richardson, Martha Fulford and Dominik Mertz argued that with the curve flattened, the time has come to set the people free.

“Widespread restrictions certainly cannot be sustained until an effective and safe vaccine is widely available, which may not occur for years, if ever. And the virus is unlikely to disappear from Canada or the world any time soon,” the doctors wrote.

Over at The Globe and Mail another doctor and infectious disease specialist, Dr. David Fisman, was making a similar argument.

We were successful in avoiding scenarios like what was witnessed in Madrid, Wuhan or Manhattan, he said, but if we don’t lift restrictions soon we will experience what he calls the “paradox of prevention.”

“By preventing widespread infection in the country we have maintained susceptibility in the population, which leaves us vulnerable to future epidemic waves,” Fisman wrote.

Translation, COVID-19 creates mostly mild symptoms in the healthy general population. And by not allowing more people to get infected now, we will be more susceptible when a second or third wave hits.

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