Doctors of B.C. urged to stand ‘united’ behind health officials in coronavirus messaging

The president of Doctors of B.C. is calling on physicians across the province to unite behind the provincial health officer in their messaging during the coronavirus pandemic.

The letter sent to members Sunday by Kathleen Ross comes while some doctors are arguing for stricter social distancing measures, including lockdowns and enforcement, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

But Ross’ letter argues the direction taken by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry should be repeated by all medical professionals to ensure a “united” message is being sent to the public.

“We need to amplify Dr. Henry’s message,” Ross writes. “During these times of crisis, adhering to the public health direction as the single source of truth is imperative. The truth is that self-isolation and maintaining social distance will save lives.”

So far, Henry has issued various public health orders to ban public gatherings larger than 50 people, and for bars and restaurants to cease dine-in operations, along with other measures to encourage social distancing.

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