Dr. Hinshaw tells CBC News there has been a ‘dramatic shift’ in COVID-19 risk to the general population – CBC

Removing public health protocols part of preparing for other diseases this fall, she says

Jul 29, 2021

The dramatic shift in the risk the coronavirus poses to the general population justifies removing the province’s remaining COVID-19 protocols, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw told CBC News.

The province announced Wednesday that Alberta will soon have no mandatory COVID-19 protocols: no more mandatory masking, contact tracing or isolating. It’s part of a move to treat the coronavirus more like other respiratory viruses.

Starting Thursday, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result must isolate, but quarantine for their close contacts will be recommended and not mandatory.

On Aug. 16, isolation following a positive test will no longer be required but “strongly recommended,” and by the end of August, testing will be scaled back to only those with severe symptoms.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/deena-hinshaw-covid-19-alberta-1.6123181

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