B.C. doctors group calls on province to focus on COVID-19 aerosol transmission

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A group of doctors in British Columbia is calling on the province to re-evaluate its approach to combating COVID-19.

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The group, called Protect Our Province BC, is made up of a range of doctors and medical researchers, and on Wednesday had a panel discussion explaining how the virus spreads through aerosol transmission.

Victor Leung, an infectious disease physician and medical microbiologist, says the province and public health have been too slow to amend mandates to limit the spread of the virus.

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He says the province should focus on improving airflow in buildings and continue with the strong facade mandate.

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Health Minister Adrian Dix says the province has made “overwhelming” information on the virus available to the public, while he defends provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry’s approach to the pandemic.

He says Henry is a world leader in pandemic management and is always committed to learning and adapting to the province’s COVID-19 response.

“I encourage people to join the debate, we have a science-based strategy,” Dix said. “We continue to adapt, listen and learn and do better.”

BC reported 696 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the number of active cases to 4,888.

Six more people have died, taking the death toll to 2,092.

Leung says many of the province’s guidelines focus on fighting a virus that spreads by droplets and touch, but those mandates do not address the main mode of transmission of COVID-19: aerosols.

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“It’s a highly spread virus,” he says. “Not everyone will affect 10 people, one person may infect 80 people, while the other may not infect anyone.”

He said knowing about how the virus spreads and spreads will also help in future pandemics.

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