Analysis: Canada's Response to Covid19 by Ahmadzai
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said self-isolation would last for more than a month to control Covid19. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's top doctor, said they don't know whether self-isolation works.
Today, Trudeau said that self-isolation could last longer than one month. Canada's top doctor Dr. Theresa Tam said that they don't know if self-isolation works and that it would take weeks or even months to find out.
In the US, President Donald Trump ordered the closure of Canadian American border for non-essential reasons. Further, he implemented the Defence act to battle Coronavirus disease. This is the first time that all governments have shut down businesses and government offices across the world. This means that there are little to no available doctors working round the clock to treat Coronavirus. Government officials have called on citizens to simply self-isolate themselves for 14 days. This means that there is no treatment available for Corona Virus. In the last two pandemics like Ebola (2014) and HIV (1980) we saw similar reactions from health professionals – they refused to provide care to these patients.
What's different this time: doctor's have either quit their job and are not required to produce a sick leave note, hospitals have closed their doors to new patients, and a slower response from government has caused crisis in the US and in Canada. However, government is now thinking about production of ventilators and masks and they are still not saying how the virus spreads in the community. Initially, all government leaders thought that Corona Virus was due to travel from abroad – now their minds have shifted that it could be transmitted from person to person in the community.
This Corona Virus campaign happening across the world including in Canada is one of kind that we have not seen before even with Ebola and HIV. Health professionals must continue to provide healthcare during this critical time that is to assess and treat patients not stay home and close hospitals.
Meladul Haq Ahmadzai, Ottawa Canada
Meladul Haq Ahmadzai