We Need to Hear Your Story
On the eve of additional substantial reductions in Public Health's management of the ongoing pandemic, we need your story and we need your help.
POPNB is interested in hearing from people involved with businesses, non-profits, and service provision.
How has COVID affected your ability to serve the public?
How has the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 affected your operations?
We have heard recently about illness in key personnel affecting operations. We are ready to listen to how this novel disease has affected your work.
The government of New Brunswick has lost opportunities to reduce the burden of COVID, including the burden placed on businesses and nonprofits.
We want to hear from you.
Numerous GNB employees have been receiving detailed and evidence-based warnings from Federal and national organizations about the impacts, including the economic impacts, of long COVID since 2020 and they did not warm the public nor employers or workers.
The domains of engineering, aerosol science, and other fields have long acknowledged that COVID spreads predominantly through airborne transmission. SARS-CoV-2 is exhaled by an infected person, and virus-laden aerosols remain suspended in the air like smoke. They accumulate, particularly in poorly-ventilated spaces - which is most Canadian buildings. The proven solution is to clean indoor air.
Respirator type masks like N95 can also be used as source control, trapping the virus before it enters room air, and to protect the wearer from inhaling virus-laden aerosols.
Despite scientific consensus, these facts have never been communicated by GNB. Employers, who pay into workers compensation and are affected by increased illness in employees, have never been informed of these facts. Workers, who have a right to know about hazards in the workplace, have never been informed of these facts.
Given the recent memo by GNB about ending public access to PCR testing, and their lack of communication around the hazard of long COVID and how this harm spreads (airborne transmission), the time is now for the business and non-profit community to come together and use made-in-Canada solutions such as engineering solutions and Canadian-made respirators to reduce the burden of COVID to service provision, business operations, and the bottom line.
We would like to learn about how this disease has affected your operations, and in turn we can provide you with resources written by credentialed and credible Canadians on how to reduce transmissions and why we should want to. We don’t know why this information has not been provided by provincial public health. The important thing now is getting this information to people, and finding out why the systems we have in place have failed the public and the business community.
PoPNB is ready and willing to work with the business and nonprofit community in NB to help you secure a healthier future for your business, your employees, and your community.
Please reach out today. The time is now.
Below are some resources which provide valuable information about the COVID landscape in Canada, and how it has, is, and will continue to affect communities and businesses.
Public Health Agency of Canada: Post-COVID-19 Condition in Canada: What we know, what we don’t know, and a framework for action
CanCOVID: How Language Shapes Change: Perspectives on the Most and Least Effective Communication Strategies and Tactics During the COVID‑19 Pandemic
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers’ COVID-19 information
Engineers Canada: Position statement on airborne pathogens and ventilation
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers' Core Recommendations for Safer Indoor Air
Statistics Canada: Long-term symptoms in Canadian adults who tested positive for COVID-19 or suspected an infection
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