Category: Health and Safety

Respect Us, Protect Us, Pay Us.

On March 8, CUPE, SEIU, and Unifor health and long-term care workers will launch their campaign to demand respect, protection, and adequate compensation for all health care workers: Respect Us, Protect Us, Pay Us.
We are asking CUPE health and long-term care locals to take photos of your members wearing the stickers and holding up the posters.

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Up the line to death: covid-19 has revealed a mortal betrayal of the world’s healthcare workers

Worldwide, the death toll and the impact on the physical and mental health of healthcare workers are staggering. The long term costs are yet to be counted. But, a number of countries, mainly in Asia, have been able to manage covid outbreaks without sustaining any healthcare worker infections at all. The means to do so are now widely recognised. They are costly and inconvenient to implement and require an acceptance of the predominance of aerosol transmission of this virus and its application in a rigorous, safety-conscious infection control system. But it can be done.

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Coronavirus is in the air — there’s too much focus on surfaces

A year into the pandemic, the evidence is now clear. The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted predominantly through the air — by people talking and breathing out large droplets and small particles called aerosols. Catching the virus from surfaces — although plausible — seems to be rare.

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Rise in health care worker infections to more than 16,000 in last 3 months signals calamity; decisive action on airborne transmission needed

Even before the new COVID-19 variants hit Ontario, health care worker infections were dangerously high, doubling in the last three months to over 16,000, the Ontario government’s own data shows. In 2020 for the first 10 months of the pandemic to October 23, 7,488 health care staff contracted COVID-19 at work. In the last 3 months ending January 22, 2021 the number has increased to 16,204.

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