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Numbers of the week: 700
This is the minimum number of COVID-19 cases that could have been prevented each week, by the end of August, if the wearing of masks inside public places had become mandatory across Canada from the start. of the month of July.
That’s according to an analysis by economics researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, published this week.
In fact, researchers estimate that number of cases averted could have been as large as 1,100 per week, which would have had a significant impact on the start of the second wave of coronavirus in Canada.
Experts analyzed data from the start of the mask imposition in Ontario in early July and ran simulations for the whole country.
In particular, they took into account other social distancing measures in place, such as the closure of shops and limits on gatherings, as well as the population’s support for these measures.
Since there were far fewer distancing measures in July than what was observed in the spring, the authors of the analysis were able to isolate a little better the effects of the implementation of the mandatory mask wearing on the number of cases of COVID-19.
– Marie Christine Trottier
Numbers of the week: 36%
This is the share that beneficiary attendants represent among all healthcare workers who have had COVID-19, according to a study by the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).
More than 13,500 healthcare workers contracted the coronavirus from March to mid-June. Of these, 5,074 agreed to participate in the public body’s investigation.
Of this number, there are 1,834 beneficiary attendants, or more than a third of respondents. However, these workers represent only 15% of the 286,000 employees of public and private institutions under agreement or health agencies in Quebec, which confirms that they were the most exposed to the virus.
They are followed by nurses, who account for 22% of cases, and nursing assistants with 12% of cases. The least at risk were the doctors who represented 3% of the patients.
– Sarah Daoust-Braun