“The argument as to whether this virus always spreads by droplets other than in extreme circumstances – that is a scientific argument which has been pretty resoundingly rejected around the world now, but one on which we still rely for guidance,” AMA (WA) President, Dr Andrew Miller said.
He pointed out that if we are dealing with airborne transmission, we are “dealing with a very different beast".
Dr Miller wants to see workers in full body PPE with gas-style masks, staff only working at one hotel quaratntine facility, better ventilation, and hotels completely shut off to the public while operating as a quarantine facility.
The federal AMA has also been trying to convince the government that airborne spread is a problem.
Federal AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid said, “The latest cases of COVID-19 transmission in Victoria are yet another failure of infection control systems in hotel quarantine and show the need for urgent action nationally.
“It’s most likely that these cases are the result of airborne spread, yet the experts advising Government, the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG), have continually played down airborne transmission in the spread of the virus in hotel and healthcare settings.”
The WA Government recently announced it has banned hotel quarantine workers from taking second jobs. Perhaps they are starting to listen.
Click on the link below to watch a short demonstration of small particles being sucked under the door of a quarantine hotel and dispersed in the hallway.