NO to mandatory mask use. Science, NOT FEAR

NO to mandatory mask use. Science, NOT FEAR

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We the undersigned hereby petition the Province of British Columbia to continue to use science to guide policy and not social pressure and fear with respect to mask use during the Covid19 pandemic.

Whereas the BCCDC has clearly defined "high risk exposure" as living with, or close face to face contact (under 6m) with infected person for more than 15min (includes cumulative time) or direct contact with infectious bodily fluids (e.g. coughed or sneezed on) while not wearing recommended PPE. Merely passing someone either inside or out is NOT considered high risk exposure.

Whereas both Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Réka Gustafson have clearly stated publicly  many times that masks are the LAST in the line of defences against Covid19 and mandating masks could lead to a false sense of security against Covid19, and that the other measures, such as washing your hands, staying home when you are sick, and physical distancing are key, and where you CANNOT maintain physical distance (keep 6m from someone), that one wear a mask. VIDEO, VIDEO 2, VIDEO 3

Whereas the BCCDC defines "respiratory etiquette" as covering the mouth and nose during a cough or sneeze, using a medical mask, or if not available, a non-medical mask/face covering (including a flexed elbow), or a tissue, followed by hand hygiene. 

Whereas the BCCDC guidelines on mask use states that MEDICAL masks provide a physical barrier that MAY help in prevention of transmission, however using a mask alone is NOT guaranteed to stop infections and SHOULD be combined with other prevention measures, including "respiratory etiquette" and hand hygiene.

Further guidance states that applying consistent approach to putting on and take-off of a mask are KEY in providing overall protective benefits and states the following steps...

Wash hands with soap and water before putting on a mask. Cover nose and mouth, ensuring no gaps between your face and mask. After installation of mask, wash hands with soap and water. Avoid touching the mask while using it. If you do touch the mask, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer. Replace mask AS SOON as it becomes damp or dirty with secretions. DO NOT reuse single use masks. To remove mask, remove both straps from behind the ears. Do NOT touch the font of the mask, and ensure the the front of the mask does NOT touch your skin or any surfaces before you discard it IMMEDIATELY in a closed waste container. Wash hand with alcohol based hand rub or soap and water. 

Whereas any change to laws with respect to mandating mask use do not seem to have stated outcomes/benchmarks of law and timelines on when law would be revoked.

Lastly, whereas there are people in our society that for various reasons, cannot legitimately wear a mask can become subjected to bullying and harassment or exclusion (as we are seeing now as some stores are preventing non-mask wearing people from entry, despite the near zero risk factors as noted above), and this does not promote an inclusive culture that British Columbians are known for and proud of. As Dr. Henry has stated, we do not know other peoples situations and we should be kind, calm and safe.

Signed your Provincial Taxpayer

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