After the outbreak of COVID-19 cases that Quebec experienced at the beginning of January, leading to an increase in hospitalizations and a massive outage of resources in hospitals, the situation is improving.
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However, it would be too early to relax the sanitary measures, judge interviewed at Quebec morning the Dre Cécile Tremblay, microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at the CHUM.
“The numbers are going in the right direction, but they seem to have reached a plateau in recent days,” observes the expert.
“This plateau corresponds to the situation we had before the Holidays, so before we established these restrictive measures there, because we were precisely afraid of clogging the health system and that is what is arrived at the beginning of January. ”
In the past week, Jan. 24 to 30, an average of 1,278 cases per day was recorded in the province, as hospitalizations dropped dramatically, with 197 beds released.
“In my opinion, it may be a little premature to immediately think about making significant releases, because we will end up with more cases, it’s normal, but our room for maneuver is not not very high, ”she insists.
It was at the beginning of January that the new infections were the most numerous in 2021, in particular with 3,127 new infections on January 8.
“If we go back to having cases like in early January or during the holiday season, we know that it puts a lot of pressure on the health system. I’d rather see a substantial drop in cases, below what we were before the holidays [sous les 1000 cas]. “
On the other hand, although some believe that spring may help reduce the transmission of the virus, Dre Tremblay recalls that the first wave of COVID-19 occurred in the spring, after the spring break.
“We see that it is a virus that has seasonal trends. It hit very, very hard in December-January, when we are normally struck by winter respiratory viruses. On the other hand, we must not forget that the first wave arrived in spring, March-April. The virus was not hampered. “