Ontario would recommend that the public wear masks again as of Monday, sources say

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Ontario recommending public wear masks again as of Monday, sources say

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health had warned the public that he would recommend wearing masks if hospitals had to cancel operations to deal with an influx of patients.

According two government sources, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is reportedly recommending that the public resume masking as of Monday, to help overwhelmed children's hospitals.

The sources, who spoke to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss the measure, however say that wearing a mask would not be mandatory.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore warned the public that there would be an upsurge in respiratory illnesses this fall and winter, and that he would recommend wearing masks in certain indoor environments if hospitals had to cancel operations to cope with an influx of patients.

Toronto's SickKids Hospital is one such facility that announced the cancellation of surgeries to redeploy healthcare workers to intensive care and emergency departments.

Its Chairman and CEO, Dr. Ronald Cohn, says the decision was not taken lightly.

It heartbreaking for families and children, because the term selective surgery doesn't really exist in children. If a child needs an operation, it should be done, he says.

He adds that this situation is difficult especially for the medical staff who recognize that they cannot perform the surgeries knowing that the children need them.

The emergency physician at Timmins Hospital, Dr. Lesley Griffiths, is indeed seeing a spike from the past two years. She sees children who come in with a cough fever for several days, and who don't have access to anti-fever medication because of a major shortage of Tylenol, she explains.

Hospitals are seeing an increase in the number of flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) patients in particular.

“There are more patients than before COVID. We hadn't seen this before.

— Dr. Lesley Griffiths, emergency physician at Timmins Hospital

According to her, this surge in the hospital is explained in particular by the return of children to school and to their various activities, while they were masked and confined for two years.

Dr. Alain Simard, associate professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and expert in immunology, agrees. According to him, our body has not been exposed to these viruses for the past two years, and we have probably lost some of our immunity to these viruses.

Now, since the lifting of sanitary measures, and with a weakened immune system, it is a very favorable environment for these viruses which can spread from one person to another.

The immunologist therefore pleads in favor of wearing a mask, especially indoors and during large gatherings. He believes that the mask can really decrease the number of droplets that collect in our environment and can greatly decrease the rate of other people's infections.

Dr. Ronald Cohn thinks the situation in hospitals will get worse before it gets better, as we are only at the start of flu and RSV season, he explains.

< p class="e-p">The CEO of Toronto Children's Hospital therefore plans to suspend surgical operations in his establishment at least until the end of this year or even the beginning of the year. next year, to relieve the strain on the hospital and ensure that every child recovers and receives the care they need.

The Children's Hospital #x27;Eastern Ontario in Ottawa also announced that it was canceling surgeries.

For its part, the Ottawa Hospital Association #x27;Ontario is asking people to wear masks indoors and be up to date on their COVID-19 and flu vaccinations.

With information from The Canadian Press and Bienvenu Senga< /p>

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