An expert is condemning a move by B.C. public health officials to drop mandatory self-isolation rules for those who test positive for COVID-19.
The rule change was not announced in a public statement or prominently highlighted during a Wednesday news conference by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
Instead, guidelines were changed on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website, on the page, Self-Isolation and Self-Monitoring on Thursday.
“Starting Nov. 17, 2022, people who have COVID-19 are no longer required to self-isolate,” the page reads. “However, it is still important for people with symptoms to stay home as much as possible to reduce any potential spread of illness until your symptoms have improved.”
Andrew Longhurst, a health policy researcher at Simon Fraser University, said it was concerning that the impactful rule change wasn’t communicated more broadly.
“I think what it suggests is … they were hoping to avoid any public discussion and debate about what this means,” he told CBC News in an interview.
“Especially at a time when pediatric care in the province is collapsing like it is in other provinces.”