An emergency physician wishes to remind the population of the dangers inherent in the coronavirus in response to the comments of a manager of a Montreal health establishment who compared COVID-19 to a simple flu, a few days ago.
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“I don’t know in what context Dr Rosenburg made these comments, but no, I can tell you that it is not the same as the flu, it is not a small cold, it is to be taken seriously, ”said Dr. Laurie Robichaud, emergency physician at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.
Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, who is the head of the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of the Center-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, said on September 14 during a televised interview that COVID-19 was like a seasonal flu.
Questioned on the subject during a press conference, the Minister of Health Christian Dubé indicated that he would have a discussion with the leader to try to understand the basis of his thinking.
“We’ve been in the fight for months, everyone has witnessed it. As health professionals, we live it and we live it with difficulty. We are tired, ”explains Dr. Robichaud in an interview with LCN.
“I’m telling you, it’s a disease that must be taken seriously. It is not a disease that only affects the “old”, it also affects our parents or even your best friend who is suffering from cancer, “laments the emergency physician, who predicts that these people at risk could suffer during months to come.
Dr. Laurie Robichaud adds that the greatest fear in the health network at the present time is the imminent arrival of the influenza virus, better known as the seasonal flu.
“If COVID-19 gets in the game, it will be something this winter!” warns the young emergency physician.
As no drug is known to have specific efficacy against the COVID-19 virus, the care provided to hospitalized patients remains the same.
“We stay with a supportive treatment, so we give them oxygen if they need it. On the other hand, we have seen the emergence of corticosteroids which could be beneficial in certain patients and reduce the reaction of some to the disease, ”explains Dr. Robichaud.
The people who need hospitalization and who have special needs represent the same type of patient as in the first wave.
“It is often older people with co-morbidities, but we sometimes see younger people between the ages of 30 and 50 who can be greatly affected,” recalls the doctor from the Jewish General Hospital.
In Greater Montreal, an increase in cases that particularly affects young people aged 18 to 34 is observed. However, this is not a clientele that needs hospitalization, unless they have health problems.
See the full interview with Dr. Robichaud at the top of the page.