We have read a lot about reopening and the easing of restrictions, if it is going to work, the capacity to test and trace who may be infected with the coronavirus has to increase. Can you walk us through how intertwined are these two elements and how integral are they to managing this pandemic?




Answered by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control, UHN.
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Question:
We have read a lot about reopening and the easing of restrictions, if it is going to work, the capacity to test and trace who may be infected with the coronavirus has to increase. Can you walk us through how intertwined are these two elements and how integral are they to managing this pandemic?

Answer:
I think they're very much connected, if we're gonna reopen society we have to do it slowly and carefully because the whole idea of imposing the restrictions we put in place was to try and control the spread and recognizing that we wouldn't necessarily be able to stop the spread...

[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: May 28, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.

Dr. Susy Hota:
I think they're very much connected, if we're gonna reopen society we have to do it slowly and carefully because the whole idea of imposing the restrictions we put in place was to try and control the spread and recognizing that we wouldn't necessarily be able to stop the spread entirely we don't want the healthcare system to get overwhelmed so we can't care for people who might get infected. And so in trying to conceptualize how we can reopen society and slowly start getting back into our day to day business with our new norm, paired with that we have to have the ability to really rapidly detect new cases of COVID-19 that arise and beyond that not just be able to test and detect those cases but actually do something about it and that's where the contact tracing the ability to reach out to all those people who not only have gotten sick from COVID-19 and are confirmed to have it but their close contacts were at risk for getting the infection too and asked them to stay at home and self isolate is really critical so that you don't have an explosive increase in cases that that occur when you open up again.

[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: May 28, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.




Answered by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control, UHN.
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