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Letters to the Infection Prevention and Control Team

Dear Infection Prevention and Control Team, I’m writing to you today as I have some concerns about the recent changes to mask policies within the trust. However, please know that part of the reason I am spending the time to contact you is because I have hope that you will truly listen; the prevalence of … Continued

Towards a Culture of Mask-wearing

In mid-XIXth century Vienna, Ignaz Semmelweis found that washing hands in obstetrical clinics drastically reduced mortality, and lost his life in the struggle to make doctors wash their hands. His contemporaries ignored his findings, and only decades later, when the germ theory of disease was accepted, doctors began washing their hands regularly. How many people … Continued

Building Capacity for Action: The Cornerstone of Pandemic Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly illuminated an existent, yet often overlooked, chasm in our public health systems and governmental response: the shortfall of tangible operational capabilities, including delayed response times, lack of coordinated action, and failure to execute preparedness plans effectively. The rampant spread of the virus, followed by its significant societal fallout, wasn’t primarily … Continued

The Case for Keeping Masks Mandatory in Health Care

It’s been said that a smile is worth a thousand words. But in today’s world, the smiles of healthcare workers abandoning their masks on social media are chilling to those whose access to safe healthcare is thus denied. The removal of mask requirements in many healthcare institutions is causing infections with immediate and long term … Continued

COVID-19 and Immune Dysregulation, a Summary and Resource

Highlights 1- COVID-19 causes turnover and aging of the immune cells responsible for responding to other pathogens. These cells have limitations in their proliferative capacity (ability to reproduce) and this gets used up when it is employed to generate cells for combating disease. 2- COVID-19 broadly activates these cells, so they have turnover – reproduce. … Continued

COVID Effects on the Brain, a Summary and Resource

Many studies have now provided strong evidence that the SARS2 virus can enter the brain during infection and cause damage to its function, including loss of both gray and white matter – impacting both the nerve cells and the support cells. In a sense, COVID literally ‘eats’ parts of your brain. It might enter via … Continued

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Not Over: Infections Matter

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are lifting protections against SARS-CoV-2 even while infections remain high and are in some instances increasing. This situation is not sustainable. Lifting the protections without proper mitigations facilitates transmission with dire consequences: more deaths, long COVID and social, economic and political disruptions.