Give Home-Care PSW's Rapid Testing in Ontario

Give Home-Care PSW's Rapid Testing in Ontario

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Jeremy Bouvet Lee started this petition to Doug Ford and

Home-to-Home personal support workers have been some of the most overlooked frontline workers during the pandemic in Ontario. The elderly & immunocompromised are currently the most vulnerable member's of Canadas society, and right now seeing their own family can pose a life-threating risk. PSW'S have been crucial at ensuring the care of the elderly, and immunocompromised population during this pandemic. Giving PSW's rapid (antigen) testing would help protect them and their clients.

"antigen tests correctly identified COVID-19 infection in an average of 72% of people with symptoms, compared to 58% of people without symptoms"*, "Tests were most accurate when used in the first week after symptoms first developed"**.

With a proven substantial amount of effectiveness, tests given even 2-4 times a week would stop the possibility of an asymptomatic PSW unknowingly acting a super-spreader to their vulnerable patients. 

Doug Ford recently hailed PSW's as heroes, giving them a temporary raise, but the workers have been at a standoff with Ford for adequate payment and worker rights since he became Premiere. If he truly believes they're heroes, he would stop overlooking their role in the pandemic and put funding into providing rapid tests to protect them and their clients. 

 

*, **(Dinnes J, Deeks JJ, Berhane S, Taylor M, Adriano A, Davenport C, Dittrich S, Emperador D, Takwoingi Y, Cunningham J, Beese S, Domen J, Dretzke J, Ferrante di Ruffano L, Harris IM, Price MJ, Taylor-Phillips S, Hooft L, Leeflang MMG, McInnes MDF, Spijker R, Van den Bruel A, Cochrane COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Accuracy Group. Rapid, point-of-care antigen and molecular-based tests for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2021, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD013705. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013705.pub2.)

 

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