Hospitals: “a lot of things can go wrong in the coming weeks”

Hospitalizations are on the rise in Quebec, a situation that fears the worst, while hospitals are already at a critical point.

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Dr. Mathieu Simon of the University Institute of Cardiology and Pneumology of Quebec is worried about the coming weeks.

“In intensive care, you are never comfortable. We are there to predict what can go wrong and there are many things that can go wrong in the coming weeks as you can anticipate, ”says Dr. Simon straight away.

As proof, in barely a month, since the Thanksgiving break, the situation has changed a lot. Already at that time, the level of hospitalization, both on the floors and in intensive care, was at half capacity.

“For 10 days now, we are at 1200-1400 cases daily and we have doubled the number of hospitalizations. In intensive care we approach 100 patients. It is still half of the peak that we had reached in May, ”analyzes the doctor.

And this situation is not reassuring for the health network, which expects the worst.

“It is still very worrying, especially since we are heading towards a more active season for intensive care and in hospitals because of the flu, because of the diseases that come with winter,” said Dr Simon.

This is not to mention the catching up that we are trying to do in relation to the operations that were delayed during the first wave.


While the majority of hospitals are already exceeding their “normal” capacity and others are already above, Dr. Mathieu Simon is warning the public about holiday gatherings.

“We would like the population not to confuse what is allowed and what is desirable. That is to say that even if it is allowed to party for four days with 10 people at a time, it is probably not the best investment for the days after New Year’s Day. », He judges.

Until a vaccine arrives, he asks people to hold on.

“We have a population that is tired of socio-health measures which are important [et] we have a health system that is also tired because we have been under strain since March, ”says Dr Simon.

“The vaccine, even if the first doses are available at the end of December, beginning of January, before the whole population can be inoculated, it will probably take us until the summer. So you have to keep up with the resources you have, ”he concludes.

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