Canada is considering a mandatory hotel quarantine for all international arrivals to slow the Coronavirus spread and its more potent mutations.
These hotel quarantines can work when very little community spread occurs; that is not Canada’s case. Also, the number of positive instances imported by air appears to be minimal.
Here’s an excerpt from the CTV News:
The federal government is mulling a mandatory quarantine in hotels for returning travellers as the country’s top doctor warns that easing COVID-19 restrictions too quickly could cause case numbers to shoot up again.
The federal government is looking at options that would make it harder for people to return from foreign trips.
But Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the tools already in place must also be fully utilized. That includes more police enforcement of two-week quarantine rules for arriving travellers.
“Compliance with that order is critical for keeping Canadians safe,” he said.
Public Health Agency of Canada figures show 153 flights have arrived from outside Canada over the last two weeks on which at least one passenger later tested positive for COVID-19.
These hotel quarantines work when there is very little community spread, like is the case with Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan, and when you can seal the border like is the case with these island nations without long land borders.
How could Canada seal its border with the United States with plenty of freight going in both directions daily?
It is difficult to understand how it would be beneficial for Canada to force hotel quarantines at this epidemic stage.