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Have fun long weekend – and take the party outside to avoid COVID: Top Doctor

Although the forecast for the Victoria Day long weekend does not look promising, the region’s top health official has urged people to get out of the house when May 2-4 arrives.

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Although the forecast for the Victoria Day long weekend does not look promising, the region’s top health official has urged people to get out of the house when the bank holiday arrives.

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“We can significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission just by getting outside and hanging out in the sun,” Middlesex-London Medical Health Officer Alex Summers said at a briefing on Monday.

The only problem is that temperatures and conditions do not appear to be as ideal as last weekend, which brought summer heat and plenty of sunshine to Greater London.

“If you are planning to celebrate the May long weekend, please remember that while COVID-19 is certainly improving, it continues to circulate in our area,” Summers said.

“Wear a mask when you are in a public environment – it makes a difference. Make sure you are up to date with your vaccines. Stay home if you’re not feeling well, change your plans if you’re not feeling well. And of course spending time outdoors.”

When asked whether previous long weekends since March 2020, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, have affected the shape of the pandemic curve, Summers said they produce more COVID cases because people get together but don’t ” “The trends have shifted dramatically.”

“Will there be an extra broadcast this weekend? Probably. Will it noticeably change trends? No,” Summers said, noting that he’s seeing a “sustained and sustained decline in cases.”

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 29 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 50 on Sunday and 37 on Saturday with no new deaths. The London Health Sciences Center was treating 36 COVID patients on Monday, five or fewer of them in intensive care. LHSC Children’s Hospital had five or fewer patients with COVID.

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LHSC Chief Medical Officer Adam Dukelow said the measures taken at the hospital to contain the spread of the coronavirus would apply indefinitely.

“It looks like we’re hopefully getting closer to a pretty normal summer, so I hope everyone has a chance to get out and enjoy the growing number of outdoor activities in our community,” said Acting Mayor Josh Morgan the meeting .

Looking ahead to summer and fall, Summers said new COVID variants are sure to appear in the coming months.

“Where these variants might emerge is unknown,” he said. “And since we’re looking globally, we need to look everywhere, including our backyard.”

New variants would lead to “variant-specific” vaccines, Summers said.

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