By Dr. Jason Gatzke, Department Lead- Emergency Medicine, South West, Saskatchewan Health Authority
Saskatchewan is entering the worst phase of the pandemic right now. The COVID-19 variants are causing sickness and hospitalization in a younger age group than what we have seen thus far. Three things can help us get through this:
Let’s talk testing. Testing identifies people who need timely care for COVID-19 and gets them to treatment sooner. Finding positive cases in asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic people will interrupt the spread of COVID-19 and keep others safe.
Here are a couple of misconceptions regarding testing:
Get tested if you have any symptoms.
Get tested if you are a close contact of a COVID -19 patient or have travelled.
Get tested if a pop-up clinic comes to your community.
Encourage your kids to get tested at school when this becomes available.
Encourage testing for employees at your business and support them if they need time off.
The time is now.
We need to slow the spread of COVID-19 and buy our province time to get more people vaccinated so we can get to the other side of this.