Letter to the editor 1, July 3, 2020

Open letter on COVID-19 and face masks

Dear Premier François Legault, MP Peter Schiefke, and Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls

Since mid-April of 2020, I have been tracking COVID-19 statistics supplied by the Quebec government. Here are a few of my observations:

At the beginning of May, though Premier Legault stated that testing should increase to 14,000 people per day, the province was averaging about 8000 tests per day. Since his pronouncement we are now down to 4-5,000 tests per day. This means that, though the number of new cases and deaths reported seem to be decreasing, we can no longer lend any credence to these statistics. As we can see in the United States, in the aim of trying to get the economy restarted, the population has completely relaxed its preventive measures and the results are frightening – a higher rate of infection and deaths than at the beginning of this pandemic.

In Quebec, a similar phenomenon is developing. Social distancing is nearly non-existent and wearing masks indoors is perceived as ‘not cool.’ Restaurants have reopened and the staff is not wearing any protective garments, etc. I suspect that within short order, we will be back to horrendous statistics. Let's not forget, we are not dealing with statistics, we are dealing with people – our families and our friends. Let's at least wear face masks indoors and boycott any establishment that serves the public and does not insist that their staff wear face masks. Maybe it’s time for the government to legislate the wearing of face masks. Sincerely,

Jonathan Penney


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