MONTREAL – While the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, screening is on the decline, which worries public health in Montreal.
The discovery was announced on Wednesday by David Kaiser, chief physician for urban environment and public health at the Montreal Regional Office of Public Health.
He says he sees a “slow” increase in cases in recent weeks, but at the same time he sees that “people wait longer to get tested.”
There were delays of three days or more between the onset of symptoms and the screening test.
This not only makes it difficult for public health to work, but it also increases the risk of transmitting the infection to someone else, he said.
As the start of the school year is fast approaching, he told the public the following: “If we want to control the transmission of the infection that we have at the moment, screening is a very important tool.”
He understands that in mid-summer, citizens do not want to be isolated and tested, but believes that now it is necessary to rely on control of the transfer to ensure a safe return.