P.E.I. born doctor working in NYC applauds province's efforts to stop COVID-19 spread
A doctor working in New York City is applauding the efforts of health officials on P.E.I. for the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"It's been very interesting to see that almost in lock-step as measures were rolling out in New York City, P.E.I. was rolling out very similar measures even with very few cases," says Dr. Kyle MacDonald.
He said that so far all the causes on the Island have been linked to travel and people are self-quarantining.
"Whereas in New York the kind of lockdown or shelter-in-place measures we weren't doing that until we were seeing deaths and there was already well-known community transmission," he said.
MacDonald grew up in Charlottetown and now works for the New York Department of Public Health.
He, like many doctors, has a battle on his hands — but it isn't with coronavirus.
MacDonald is part of a $1 million project for the Centre for Disease Control battling deaths from opioid addiction.
However, as a public health doctor he knows how viruses work and what needs to be done to stop them and he said P.E.I. is doing things right.
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Rapid increase in cases
MacDonald said he watched as the number of COVID-19 cases went from one in early March to causing thousands of deaths in New York State.
"We went from having one case to two weeks later entire parts of the city being shut down including offices. Broadway is closed, which never happens," he said.
When MacDonald looks out his window he sees the Empire State Building, the United Nations Building, the Chrysler Building — but it isn't the busy New York City people are accustomed to.
"You see, kind of, one car go by, two cars, maybe one person on the sidewalk," he said. "It's very stark how quiet it is here."
MacDonald said on March 13 it was announced 10 per cent of city staff would start working from home and in three days, on March 16, it was announced all city staff would be working from home.