This is an extremely difficult time to be a scientist & even more so if you are a minority #WomanInScience.

Last night I went on @globalnews radio thinking I was going to talk about the differences between PCR & other screening methods for COVID—basically science.
The conversation was steered towards border policy & that some want more restrictions to be removed. Doing my duty as a scientist & using the best current evidence, I noted the rise in cases 🌍, the not so perfect💉 rate in some places & importance of using #RapidTest
I then urged my fellow Canadians to be prudent & cautious when making travel arrangements.
The host then made an off-the-cuff remark on how “if I were in charge of making that policy I would probably close the border”—a completely inappropriate misinterpretation of my advice‼️
And so pour in the hate mail, calling me a “filthy immigrant” who is planning to ruin people’s holiday plans by my tyranny‼️
The proper journalistic approach would have been for the host to ask me what policy advice, if any, I’d give to those in charge of border control.
To which I would’ve said
I’m not a policy expert, I can only offer my opinion based on best current data & that we’ve a lot of tools like #RapidTests & #VaccineMandates at our disposal to help make travel safer.
I was right there but he chose to speak for me—a female scientist
I am an ex-refugee who through kindness of many Canadians was able to afford an education & transform into a scientist. I see sharing my expertise & doing media outreach as a way of paying it forward—these are on top of all other responsibilities & uncompensated‼️
I, like many of my peers, do what I do because I care, my only motivation & drive is to keep our communities safe‼️
Whilst the hate comes with the territory (it shouldn’t, but it does), we all play a role in tackling hate and by gods of cheesecake we CAN and MUST do better‼️

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More from @DeNovo_Fatima

9 Oct
📊 Ontario Science table’s survey shows significantly lower vaccination intention amongst groups who experience a disproportionate burden of COVID outcomes: low income & racialized.

As someone who belongs to this group & does literacy outreach I’d like to dissect it further 🧵⤵️
This phenomenon isn’t new. In every aspect of medicine, racialized, marginalized, underserved & low-income groups, who often experience the highest burden of bad outcome, also happen to be the most reluctant to seek medical intervention, including vaccination. But why⁉️
Barriers to access is at the root of the issue‼️

These barriers include:
📌 Mistrust
📌 Low health literacy
📌 Financial & logistical burden

Let’s take a look at these one-by-one:
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28 Aug
1-Today there was a big protest in Montréal by healthcare workers opposed to mandatory vaccination.

As a healthcare professional & a bioethics I want to underline a few points about #VaccineMandates for healthcare provides
2-In bioethics, autonomy is no longer that centuries-old belief that the individual can or does somehow stand apart from their community, social circumstances & political environment. Also, autonomy has a different scope when intervention in question has implications beyond self.
3-Dr Nedelsky(…) calls the belief that autonomy is isolated from outside influence a “pathology”: “If we ask ourselves what actually enables people to be autonomous, the answer is not isolation, but relationships—with parents,
teachers, friends, loved ones.”
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