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B.C. can avoid another lockdown if COVID-19 protocols are followed: expert

Last Updated Oct 7, 2020 at 9:47 pm PDT

FILE: A woman wearing a fabric mask on her face walks in downtown Vancouver, on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Infectious disease experts say provinces looking to relax restrictions related to COVID-19 need to consider their neighbours in those decisions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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An infectious disease physician says Canadians living through the second wave of COVID-19 can prevent another lockdown

Dr. Susy Hota says while lockdowns are usually a last case scenario, it may be an option if cases increase

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Another COVID-19 lockdown in B.C. could be a possibility if we can’t flatten the curve of the second wave of the virus, and that’s why it’s so important to follow COVID protocols.

That’s according to one expert, speaking on the ‘Bright Future Podcast‘.

Dr. Susy Hota is an infectious disease physician and says to prevent a lockdown, British Columbians need to act now by following social distancing rules, wearing face masks, and keeping our bubbles small.

“What is the public doing in terms of following public health recommendations for social distancing, masking cleaning their hands, and following hygiene practices? And further to that, what are public health officials doing to adapt to the recommendations to what’s actually occurring?”

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Hota adds it is a tough time to go through a second wave considering flu season but says if people can adjust to this new normal, lives can be saved.

Lockdowns are usually the last case scenario but she says it may be an option if cases increase and put a massive strain on hospitals and health care workers.

“Lockdowns work”, she says. “They’re dramatic, they take a very big toll on society in terms of our mental health and well-being, and economically have a huge impact, but they do work in terms of disrupting transmissions of COVID-19.”

The province is on the verge of reaching 10,000 COVID-19 cases, and as of Wednesday, B.C. has recorded more than 100 cases six straight days.