New Government to Support Widespread Mask Use to Stop Fourth Wave
Today, the Canadian Association of Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers (CAPPEM) congratulated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on forming Canada’s new Federal government. CAPPEM also commended opposition party leaders, candidates and volunteers for their effort in this historic election. “CAPPEM congratulates Prime Minister Trudeau on forming Canada’s new Federal government and looks forward to working with all parliamentarians to advance public policy that supports personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers in Canada and a national PPE strategy to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and future public health threats,” said Barry Hunt, President of CAPPEM. “A strong PPE industry and strategy in Canada means that we will be self-reliant in the future and also holds the key to improving current pandemic conditions across the country.”
The current fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada is driven by the far more transmissible and virulent Delta variant. Similar to previous variants, the Delta variant is spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols. Transmission can also occur by touching a contaminated surface and then the eyes, nose, or mouth however, airborne transmission is far more likely especially as cooler weather forces Canadians indoors and limits the effectiveness of social distancing. Fortunately, we have the ability to stop the airborne spread and transmission of COVID-19 by using masks which is why CAPPEM is encouraging the new Federal government to provide effective masks to all Canadians and support a pan-Canadian mask mandate. “Masks mandates and universal distribution have proven extremely effective in countries around the world. It is time that our Federal government take a similar approach in Canada,” said Mr. Hunt.
As Canadians head into fall, a new approach is needed to curb the current fourth wave, save our health networks from strain and prevent deaths. Social and personal hygiene measures become less effective as people spend more time indoors due to weather and while vaccines have helped reduce the number of life-threatening cases, people remain vulnerable to infection and able to spread the virus to others. “Strong support from the federal government for mask use across the country, combined with vaccines and other measures, is the best way to stop this virus in its tracks,” added Mr. Hunt.
Canadian Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers Prepare for Surge in COVID-19 in Advance of School Reopenings
As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to challenge public health units across Canada, members of the Canadian Association of Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers (CAPPEM) are taking preparatory measures to respond an anticipated surge in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) once Canadian children return to the classroom.
In the United States, several jurisdictions have already seen increases in COVID-19 cases where the school population cannot yet benefit from an approved vaccination. Since Canadian children are returning to schools under similar circumstances, CAPPEM is preparing for increased PPE demand in the school system and in the Canadian healthcare network.
“Our members are committed to boosting production and stockpiling the necessary equipment for not only children, but also those in the medical community,” said Barry Hunt, CAPPEM President. “Personal protective equipment, especially masks, is vital to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. The airborne nature of this virus means that masks are one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the current variant and may prevent a surge in hospitals that would once again strain the Canadian healthcare network.”
CAPPEM members remain committed to its motto: Canadians protecting Canadians. We continue to monitor international and Canadian trends and events, such as the return of children to schools in September, to prepare for future spikes.
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April 23, 2021
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April 13, 2021
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April 12, 2021
Chief executive officer Steve Mai said in a release: “Out of respect for the hardship our local small businesses have been through during the pandemic and recognizing the toll it takes on our community, Eclipse is pleased to do what we can to lighten the load just a little bit.”
April 8, 2021
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April 8, 2021
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