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Bill Kelly: Mixed messaging from government is stalling COVID-19 recovery

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday faced tough questions about his government’s transparency when it comes to its response to the pandemic, with a reporter questioning who in the government decided on the threshold for Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 regions. Ford said the chief medical officer of health Dr. David William’s signed off on the thresholds for each region, and called transparency in his administration “unprecedented.” – Nov 16, 2020

The reaction was fast and furious to the statement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams.

He boldly suggested that if we all follow the government’s instructions for COVID-19, we could knock down the number of novel coronavirus cases from red zone and orange zone designations to a much more comfortable green zone by Christmas, whereby we’d be able to enjoy family gatherings for the holidays.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

Problem is, no medical experts or analysts have concurred with the good doctor; in fact, the most common reaction was, where is he getting his information?

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Sadly, it’s the latest in a series of government statements about COVID-19 that are either misleading or totally confusing.

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For instance, we’re not supposed to socialize with anyone who doesn’t live under our roof, but we can go to a restaurant or bar and socialize with anyone we want.

Now, the province’s top doc says if we stay the course, things will get better.

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Coronavirus: Ontario’s top doctor discusses possible lockdowns as data suggests cases could rise to 6,000 per day by mid-December – Nov 12, 2020

The premier tried to defend Dr. Williams by suggesting that he was just trying to impart a positive message.

But downplaying the dire circumstance we’re in is playing right into the hands of the “covidiots” who refuse to believe the pandemic exists.

We’re in a medical crisis. We don’t need feel-good, positive messaging, we need the truth.

Bill Kelly is the host of the Bill Kelly Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.

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