If you get COVID-19, stay away from Christmas parties, Quebec public health director urges – CBC

Mix of children and elderly people at gatherings can be dangerous, Boileau says

Dec 14, 2022

With ten days to go before Christmas Eve, Quebec’s public health director is urging people to stay away from holiday gatherings if they test positive for COVID-19 as of today.

Quebecers are gearing up for a holiday season without strict public health rules for the first time in three years. At this time last year, the Omicron variant was rapidly spreading, prompting the government to limit indoor gatherings before eventually imposing a curfew on New Year’s Eve.

Last week, Dr. Luc Boileau said people should go back into habits they had at the height of the pandemic, such as wearing masks in crowded spaces.

During a news conference on Wednesday, the public health director said people who test positive for COVID-19 should stay away from gatherings due to the fact that they are able to infect others for a period of ten days.

“Anyone who gets COVID-19 today will be contagious until Christmas Eve,” Boileau said. “So if you have COVID today, don’t go to the Christmas Eve [party]. If you get COVID tomorrow, then don’t go partying on Christmas [day].”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/covid-update-boileau-public-health-1.6685706

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