We all need to wear masks (homemade is fine!) in Canada during this Pandemic! #Masks4All

We all need to wear masks (homemade is fine!) in Canada during this Pandemic! #Masks4All

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Isabella Favaro started this petition to Dr. Theresa Tam (Chief Public Health Officer of Canada) and

In the midst of this horrendous pandemic we have been given mixed messages about whether to wear masks or not.

April 2, 2020 update: The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has given a boost to an unsettling idea: that the novel coronavirus can spread through the air—not just via the large droplets emitted in a cough or sneeze. Though current studies aren’t conclusive, “the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing,” Harvey Fineberg, who heads a standing committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, wrote in a 1 April letter to Kelvin Droegemeier, head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

Published in The Atlantic moments ago:

"Scientific papers have urged Western countries to use masks widely, emulating the example set by East Asian countries. Masks are mandatory for anyone entering a supermarket in Austria, and anyone leaving their house in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In the U.S., the CDC is reportedly contemplating a change in guidance, and many public-health experts have already pivoted. “I went with the public-health message at the beginning: People don’t need masks,” Marr said. “But I’ve changed because of the mounting evidence that it does seem to be spreading through the air.”

In Canada our public health specialists have told us NOT to wear masks. But they WANT health care workers to wear masks (and so do we!). But this is mixed messaging. If it protects a health care worker - then it is a device that can protect anyone. Countries have avoided a steep rise (like Canada's steep rise)  because everyone  wears a mask.

Masks, even homemade ones with a double layer of cotton and space to insert a filter (or paper towel in the middle) have been said to 'AID' in the control of droplets coming out of a person's mouth, or travelling into another person's respiratory system. One video suggests that over 35 medical studies exist showing that even a HOMEMADE mask is effect.

Currently, Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto is campaigning to have 1000 masks made by sewers in Toronto's east end so that those going into the hospital and those coming out will have a mask they can wear, take home, wash and use again. 

https://www.mghf.ca/mgh1000masks

A HOMEMADE MASK CAN STOP 80% OF THE VIRUS. THAT'S BETTER THAN NOTHING. SEND THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE OUT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PETITION ASKING THAT ALL CANADIANS WEAR A MASK WHEN LEAVING THEIR HOME DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

NYTIMES 03/31: “Cover your face with cloth — however you want to do that,” said Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs who was a co-author of a widely shared article about the need to cover your face. “Cover your face pretty thoroughly from your mouth to your nose to prevent large aerosol droplets coming out or going in.”

Watch / read the following articles and videos for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhNo_IOPOtU

Jeremy Howard, Research Scientist at the University of San Francisco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVEVve-3QeM

NYTIMES 03/31: "Last week, the German Medical Association suggested citizens find or make a simple fabric mask when out in public and leave medical-grade masks for front-line workers. In Austria, grocery store shoppers are now required to wear masks. In New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has advised anyone over 70 to wear a mask."

PLEASE SHARE THIS WIDELY. AND LETS BECOME A COUNTRY THAT GETS ON WITH IT, AND GETS IT RIGHT!

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