David Mirvish, the owner of two major Toronto theaters, tightened his downtown office’s access policy after several flu deaths in Toronto’s hospitals prompted rumors of flu-related doctor burnout.
“Having been on the front lines, seeing these frantic calls from the emergency rooms, it was like, ‘This is what’s happening in some of our large hospitals, what can we do?’” said Mr. Mirvish, who owns the Elgin Theatre, the Princess of Wales Theatre and the Princess Margaret Hospital on Park Avenue.
Many doctors are concerned about high demands on hospital emergency rooms, experts say, because they treat in numbers of people with conditions such as flu that could be manageable by seeing a primary care physician or one of the region’s family doctors.
In Toronto, Mr. Mirvish was among the city’s leaders who introduced restrictions on carrier bags in public spaces. In Paris, French authorities have banned closed-toe shoes, decorated with stamps of the Christian cross, on the streets. In New York, a prosecutor ordered that all doctors, nurses and other health care workers wear masks when treating patients. And Canadian province of Quebec took similar steps.
And in many other cities, from New York to Los Angeles, public health authorities are examining ways to curb the spread of disease.
“We recognize we are at the very beginning of a new flu season and we’re not out of the woods,” said Dr. Fabienne Bouchard, the provincial public health officer for Quebec. “We don’t want patients to have to worry about what we’re doing, but at the same time it’s our duty to protect our population.”
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