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Please try to understand the difficulties people face when they run in social circles and/or have extended families that have all moved on from the pandemic... except for them.

It's a lonely and confusing place.

There is a weird liminal space we live in -- a dissonance-- where we know the science & we can see what's happening in the news...

and yet, we look around us & see that we are the only ones still being vigilant. It makes us ask ourselves if we are somehow being unreasonable? /2
This may not be the case with you, personally, but it certainly the case with me. Maybe it's because I'm deeply extroverted & I have a rather large social network.

But I'm struggling with the dissonance of it all & I'm putting it out there in case you feel the same way. /3
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A @WorkSafeBC #covid19bc claim must demonstrate higher exposure at work vs daily life so you must list exposures from: gym, worship, friends &family. Effectively, by removing #maskmandate , #PHO has undermined *every* WS claim unless we forego ALL socials outside of work 1/
@WorkSafeBC ....Effectively a claim can be denied due to Public health removing public protections &workers who have ANY social life, who does not receive *meds* (paxlovid? few workers eligible) & who does not personally mask up consistently...oh AND family members 2/
@WorkSafeBC But note, this claim form is also telling us that sports, gyms & workplaces where non household people gather socially ( where? like restaurants? pubs?) are full of #covid19bc & you,the worker must show that you take precautions in that social realm ...reposting image 3/ worksafe screening questionnaire from   https://www.worksafe
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Went to Burnaby Hospital with small #corsirosenthalbox No questions asked. The DIY cover/carry bag with handles hid filter pleats. Likely why no stares at it. RockSolar power bank kept it running as I carried 13x13x20 unit. Also had portable rechargeable slung over shoulder neck.

I found the RockSolar power station used. Delivery from Amazon is not quick. Whole set up was light/easy to carry. CO2 was excellent in hospital, but was happy to have the air filtration. Small #corsirosenthal is 13x13x20. Forgot to put shroud on this one. Oops.
Made the cover/carry ‘bag’ for small CR with washable polypropylene on bottom & for straps. Stretchy mesh fabric on the sides lets air thru. Have purchased 3 types mesh. This mesh from Etsy is best: 2way stretch/doesn’t run. Delivery faster than expected…
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#NEW: Independent review of BC's COVID-19 response highlights several points that need improvement including pandemic planning, health data collection, and very clearly, transparency and an explanation for public health decisions.

#COVID19BC @CapitalDailyVic
@CapitalDailyVic I'm still going through the 150-page report, and will tweet updates from the press conference with Mike Farnworth in this thread.

Full report:…

Interesting point: Up top, the report says BC's response to the pandemic was "strong, showing resilience, balance, and nimbleness."

On page 50: "In our survey, less than 20 percent
agreed government had done a good job."

The report is informed by 15,000 survey responses.
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The BC public should demand that @BCNDP #BringBackMasks!

Public Safety Minister @mikefarnworthbc signed BC's first face coverings mandate Nov 2020 after @RetailCouncil appealed publicly to BC gov to protect workers.

Dr. Henry is NOT the only one with power & responsibility!
Nov 16, 2020 - Dr. Bonnie Henry wrote an Op-ed about why she denied us mask mandates
Nov 18, 2020 - @RetailCouncil asked BC government @BCNDP to protect workers with a mask mandate as other provinces had
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#Thread: @adriandix and PHO Bonnie Henry starting their presser

Dix: Need to "wear a mask if we have mild symptoms & considering wearing a mask in indoor public spaces...most importantly staying home when we're sick and...washing our hands frequently with soap & water.
@adriandix DBH: "The three main viruses we need to pay attention to...are now COVID-19...influenza and RSV"

Says ~51% of eligible children have had their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

About 90% of BCians have some immunity from COVID-19 through vax and prior infection.

DBH: As a result of protection from vax and prior infection, "Most people in BC are no longer at risk of severe illness and hospitalization even in long term care, even people who are immune compromised."
Says hospitalization/death from COVID has started to drop in last few weeks
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"New Brunswick decision makers had a staggering quantity of high quality information detailing the prevalence & mechanisms of the long term complications of #COVID19 infection. They simply chose to ignore it."

#LongCovid #cdnpoli…
#RTI #FOI #BringBackMasks #SARSCoV2 #NBpoli #PublicHealth

CC: #BCpoli #covid19bc

Policymakers across Canada - not just in NB - have been negligent.
Thanks for all your hard work @PoPNB_kindness @HallwayOrchard
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Today I asked @AdrianDix to explain how we can trust his or the PHO’s word after this @CapitalDailyVic & @bbybeacon story.

BCers have been misled about #COVID19 transmissions in schools.

There needs to be accountability. 1/ #bcpoli #bced #COVID19BC…
Before a press conference in 2020, Dr Henry wrote to staff “We need to be able to give some data that supports what we keep saying - transmission in schools is low,” 2/ #bcpoli #bced #COVID19BC
The PHO and this government were trying to find data to support the narrative that Covid was not spreading among children in schools.

At the same time as telling teachers and parents that the reality they were experiencing was false. 3/ #bcpoli #bced #COVID19BC
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Yet another disturbing report on BC’s handling of #COVID19.

"During what officials called a ‘daunting’ spike in school exposures, the PHO maintained that spring break drove infections, not in-school transmission."

1/ #bcpoli #bced #COVID19BC…
Lack of transparency, inaccessible data, misleading information, downplaying risks - these have been trends we have seen over and over again.

In fact studies found "BC’s COVID death toll could be double what was reported"
2/ #bcpoli #Covid19BC…
As cases rise, an increasingly cumbersome system has left people struggling to get access to vaccine boosters, essentially the only public health tool that this government is still providing.

3/ #bcpoli #bced #Covid19BC…
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#NEW: BC is preparing for a surge in COVID-19 and influenza-related hospitalizations expected starting mid-November.

They project 700 COVID patients needing hospitalization at a time (currently ~350), plus a peak of up to 1,200 influenza patients.

@CapitalDailyVic #covid19bc
@CapitalDailyVic Steps being considered:

- Adding 1,500 hospital beds (to current 9,400 capacity)
-Moving patients to community and LTC care
- 'Bed management teams' at hospitals
-Worst case scenario: postponing surgeries

#bcpoli #covid19bc
Dr. Bonnie Henry says it's important to protect against respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 but also important to "come back together". Says COVID measures had differential impacts on racialized populations, young people, etc.
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After first week of school 🤦‍♂️
Already cancelled half day of clinic to care for child and set up home to prevent transmission to vulnerable household members (HEPA, N95, Ventilation). #Covid19BC
Day 3: continuing N95/open windows/bathroom fan/own room for child.
3M Aura and Drager X-plor both have thicker padded nose strip, fits mid-large sized face quite well.
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#bced Pro-D. The chair gave me time to explain what this thing was , humming in the middle of our circle of 27 mostly unmasked teachers. I said it was a #science project. We had #wildfires which gave us choking smoke....1/ #covid19bc #CorsiRosenthalBox
...It was built by the #science class. I shared that the #CorsiRosenthalBox can breath in >1000x more air than our lungs so any wildfire smoke, pollution or airborne diseases like flu, or covid is more likely to be caught here before we breathe it in! #bced After I presented 2/
after I presented, a teacher took a pic of it & asked me how to make it. I promised her a link to how to make a #CorsiRosenthalBox so she could make one with her child. Next, the humanities teacher borrowed the #science dept CO2 monitor , &the math teacher borrowed my monitor 3/ aranet4 showing 566ppm
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The government has a responsibility to inform, educate and support the public.

Today’s presser is yet another example of the @bcndp sending mixed messages about #COVID19. 1/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC
They continue to send mixed messages about the risks and impacts of #COVID19, telling the public that it is a ‘mild disease’ and that ‘we are emerging from the pandemic'.

We know this pandemic is not over. COVID continues to impact our health and well-being and the economy. 2/
People in BC are dying of COVID, and more and more are enduring the serious impacts of long COVID. We are seeing the impacts and ongoing toll on our #healthcare system. 3/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC
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#NEW: Omicron's newest subvariants are already here and spreading fast, with their ability to bypass antibodies from both vaccines and prior infection, says new data from BC + experts.

What it means for our healthcare system this summer:
“We are all incredibly worried that there will be more morbidity and mortality," said ER physician Dr. Jeff Unger.

Last week, Saanich Peninsula Hospital asked Island Health to shut down the ER overnight, to redirect staff to their busiest hours.

Island Health said no.
With public health measures all but gone & waning immunity from 3rd doses, BA.4 and BA.5 are expected soon become dominant in BC.

A new study shows that the more times you get reinfected with COVID-19, the higher your risk of death, hospitalization, and long COVID.

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I had a chance to go to this @VSOrchestra Orpheum Theatre built after the Spanish Flu to be *pandemic proof* and WOW. This ventilating system is FULLY OPERATIONAL. Huge crowd 1/n Image
@VSOrchestra And under the seats there were these mushroom shaped objects...Fresh air from pipes provided a very gentle stream of air & note these air intakes were protected by the mushroom design. the stem emitted air, the umbrella part protected it 2/n ImageImage
@VSOrchestra The air rose above the seats to the porous false ceiling above to vent all that air out! This was built in 1927 & it has better ventilation than most modern buildings #PandemicProof architecture 3/n Image
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COVID-in-wastewater for BC Lower Mainland, to 4-June-2022. 🪡
Red line at zero level added to emphasize that relatively high levels persist in wastewater, discordant with the low level of officially reported cases. (1/n)
#covid19bc Image
The graph is dominated by the Jan-Dec peak, which effectively and conveniently scales down the current persistent high levels. The eye tends not to catch that the levels post-peak are much higher than the levels before. (2/n) Image
The description in the text seems determined to ignore these persistent high levels, and appears to focus on shorter-term bumps and noise in order to use the word “decreased”… (3/n) Image
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Alarming/worrisome trend in BC, Canada.
New cases are 1/20 of the Jan/Feb peak.
👉Yet avg daily deaths are near that peak
👉The 14% unvax now represent new low of only 7% of daily deaths
👉The 51% triple vax are 76% of daily deaths, a new high
🤦‍♂️Media is silent.
1/4 #covid19bc
2/4 Despite new cases at 1/20 those in February, daily deaths are back up to the February highs of the Omicron wave, around 11 per day.
BC media and Bonnie Henry have gone to a quiet, weekly reporting only now. They no longer point out the vaccination status of the deceased.
3/4 Unvaccinated are 14% of the population (unchanged in months), but the vaccinated have hit a new high of 93% of daily deaths. Shouldn't the vaccinated be more protected from dying? And the numbers only go up every week.
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Let’s talk about union advocacy & politics.

How much does the government party-in-power affect unions? Turns out, a lot.
Case in point, Ontario Fed of Labour vs. BC Fed of Labour, on #COVID19. @OFLabour @bcfed

Worker safety ought to be forefront. Let’s see…

A thread🧵
2/ Ontario Fed of Labour has researched & advocated for #COVIDisAirborne policies for workers for 2 years now.

Check out their website. Posted in early June, 2021!

“Follow the science. Enforce the law. Protect workers.”
First words? #COVIDisAirborne!!…
3/ More from @OFLabour on #COVIDisAirborne safety:

06/21“But it’s not about, ‘We told you so’. It’s about, we told you to protect workers from potential airborne transmission of COVID-19. Why haven’t you listened to so many voices, including the labour movement for over a yr?”
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Today I asked @adriandix about this story. @brish_ti writes “it is impossible to figure out how the virus is affecting hospitalizations in real time.” 1/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC
People on Vancouver Island are already dealing with a severe family doctor shortage, hours long waits for walk-in clinics, and now hospitals are considering renting hotel rooms for rehabilitation patients. 2/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC
I asked the Minister - can he assure people that they won’t be turned away when they are in need of health care? As a mother and a daughter, it is frightening to think my loved ones might not get the care they need. 3/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC
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#NEW: Internal email shared with @CapitalDailyVic shows #yyj hospitals are too full to accept patients and are considering emergency steps like renting hotel rooms.

Healthcare workers say #COVID19 hospitalizations on the rise + surgeries being postponed…
@CapitalDailyVic “I am writing to let you all know that we are facing an extreme overcensus situation at all of our acute care sites,” reads the email which was sent to staff at Victoria General Hospital, and shared with @zoeducklow

According to ER physician Dr. Jeff Unger, all 3 ERs (RJH, VGH, Saan Pen) were full on Sunday and RJH was on ambulance diversion for a part of the night.

A nurse at RJH tells us surgeries are being postponed because there are too many COVID patients in surgical units.
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Our "Covid Doesn't Take Breaks, Neither Can We" Briefing #14 begins shortly! Please join @Protect_BC's livestream at the link below; no registration required.

We will livetweet the briefing here; please follow along & send in your Q for our experts. #bcpoli
Welcome to our 14th briefing! We are joined today by @Protect_BC's @DrFiliatrault and @DrBrendaHardie, and @UCalgary researcher and biologist @GosiaGasperoPhD. If you have Qs for them at any point in the briefing, please tweet them at us. #Covid19BC #bcpoli #CovidIsntOver
@Protect_BC is a grassroots group of healthcare professionals, doctors, teachers and other experts that shares its expertise with the province of BC. Image
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Live tweet 🧵: UBC CPD Covid-19 Update #10: Expert Q&A (For healthcare professionals): April 6, 2022
Panelist: Dr. Reka Gustafson, Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Dr. Manish Sadarangani, Dr. Birinder Narang, Dr. Jennifer Grant, Dr. Jolanta Piszczek
RG: sig porportion of those admitted during Omicron wave are in 'with covid', not 'for covid'
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In what was their final #COVID19 briefing for the foreseeable future our PHO and government have failed to educate British Columbians on the risks of #LongCOVID, of the airborne spread of this virus, and of the benefits of well-fitting & high-quality masks. 1/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC
This is a failure to provide essential information to the public, at a time when this government has transferred all responsibility to individuals to try to keep themselves and others safe from #COVID19 infection. 2/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC
In P.E.I & Quebec mask mandates have been extended until the end of the month in order to manage rising cases. It’s clear that the B.A.2 variant has taken over in BC, and yet we continue to act as though we're somehow going to avoid the impacts we’re seeing elsewhere. 3/ #bcpoli
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Today I asked Premier @jjhorgan what, in a pandemic, his government owes to the people and those who live with them who are medically vulnerable or immunocompromised? The Minister of Health answered instead. 1/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC #COVID19
I ask this because @humanrights4bc sent a letter to the PHO arguing that the mask mandate should remain.

The letter states, “Lifting the mask mandate will do disproportionate harm to those who are already marginalized”. 2/ #bcpoli #COVID19BC…
.@jjhorgan has tasked his gov't with tackling systemic discrimination – it is in the mandate letter of the Minister of Health.
And yet, our Human Rights Commissioner said that the sudden removal of the mask mandate will have profound effects on vulnerable people in BC. 3/ #bpcoli
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