Letter: 'Lives depend on your actions,' say doctors

Doctors in practice together call for everyone to follow instructions from Dr. Bonnie Henry by staying home, practising physical distancing and washing hands to battle COVID-19

The Editor,

We are family physicians on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. 

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This crisis is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. We are working flat out to be there for our patients and their families. 

Doctors cannot do this alone. What the public does now will impact the health of British Columbians the weeks and months ahead.

Lives depend on your actions now.

Our province is in a state of emergency.

Here is the directive from our provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry:

Stay home unless absolutely necessary. This means no dinner parties, no shopping, no sports, even outside. Have coffee with a friend online.

Keep two metres away from everyone if you must go out. That’s about the width of a car or the length of two arms stretched out.

Wash your hands frequently.

Tell your loved ones to do the same.

This is especially important for young people. We sometimes see you out in the park or at the beach. You can get sick from this virus. More importantly, you can be carriers and cause a lot of harm to parents, grandparents and other loved ones. 

The time is now. We can’t wait one more hour or one more day. 

Let’s save lives, together.

Dr. Ida Gallo, Dr. Anne Buie, Dr. Rajvinder Malhi & Dr. Kasia Baker, Burnaby

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