Have Albertans lost their minds? David Climenhaga writes:
With Delta-dominated post-Calgary-Stampede COVID-19 rates surging and more than 1.5 million Albertans including all children under 12 still unvaccinated, Dr. Hinshaw announced that in less than three weeks Albertans who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to go into isolation, or seemingly do anything else.
At that point, Alberta will probably be the only jurisdiction in the world where such a state of affairs exists, at least officially. So if COVID-infected Albertans want to go to a bar, hang out in restaurants, sing in church, or attend musical concerts, there’s nothing to stop them. They can fill their boots!
Starting today, anyone who is known to have come in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 will no longer be notified, although Dr. Hinshaw said it would sure be nice if the person who did the infecting bothered to let them know.Henceforth, she added, COVID-19 will be handled “like other respiratory viruses.” Influenza, the common cold, whatever. Isolation supports and quarantine hotels will disappear. COVID-19 testing will be dumped on doctors’ offices, which is sure to be unpopular with physicians and their patients. Asymptomatic testing? Forget about it.
All of this flies in the face of tried and true public health policy. And the Kenney government certainly has its critics:
Calgary physician Joe Vipond, a frequent critic of the government’s half-hearted approach to the pandemic who has been proven right more often than government spokespeople throughout the pandemic, responded sharply on Twitter.
“We are launching an experiment on a population level, first in the world to basically stop acting on COVID,” Dr. Vipond tweeted. “This is an effort to hide the #s, and achieve herd immunity, that will profoundly hurt us.”
“I can predict other countries putting Albertans on the no entry list soon,” said University of Alberta law professor Ubaka Ogbogu, another prominent critic of the government who once served on the Health Quality Council of Alberta. He quit in 2020 to protest government health-care policies.
“We have presently the stupidest public health response to the pandemic in the G7,” he stated.
We scratch our heads about what is happening in the southern United States. But we also have our own moronic places.
As the good doctor says, this is just plain stupid.
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