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Protecting our frontline workers and fellow Canadians
Vulnerable communities are far more likely to not only contract COVID-19 but also die from it. Those who take care of them in our shelters and on the streets are the Invisible Frontline. We are shining a light on these community healthcare workers.
They too, also deserve our support. Let’s make them ‘visible’ by taking them out of their darkness and advocate for their need for PPE protection too.
Research has shown we are better protected with medical grade masks or 3 ply cloth including a filter. Unfortunately, for many, these masks are not accessible because of supply issues or lack of funds to do better. With your help, we will donate medical masks to protect our most vulnerable in the streets and our community homeless shelter front line workers who take care of them.
During Wave #1, public health departments were able to track most of the cases as they were mainly in healthcare institutions. In this new wave, infections are in the community. We must leverage each other to track and trace our own community for COVID-19. Public health departments are overwhelmed now and can only tackle and trace super spreader events. We simply have too many community cases to rely solely on contact tracers to do this work. You can help.
Beyond asking your team to download the COVID-19 Alert App, we can support all of our workers more by encouraging them to wear better masks inside your workplaces and provide paid sick leave. For some, getting access to higher quality masks may be economically difficult. Reach out to your extended community at work and provide access to quality PPE regardless of their ranking in your organization.
Vulnerable communities are far more likely to not only contract COVID-19 but also die from it.
All frontline workers providing various services during this COVID-19 pandemic are at THREE TIMES HIGHER RISK for contracting COVID-19 even with PPE.
For our invisible frontline workers and their clients, their physical risks dramatically increase without access to medical grade quality PPE. They will also experience more severe mental health difficulties if not provided with the necessary PPE and psychosocial supports to stay safe.
Our community services and shelters are underfunded at the best of times and as their needs grow during this pandemic, their budgets have not.
All communities need to be rid of this virus. Their need is critical during these next few months as COVID-19 cases rise.
WE ARE NOT SAFE UNTIL ALL OF US ARE SAFE.
GIFT 4 boxes of Surgical Masks to a shelter that supports a vulnerable community and we will add an extra box too.
Purchase 3 boxes of Surgical Masks for yourself and GIFT the 4th to a shelter that supports a vulnerable community.
Recognized by the University of Toronto for our Masking Together Challenge Effort
On behalf of all our donors and volunteers, I humbly accept this prestigious University of Toronto alumni award for our Masking Together Challenge Campaign #1.
We are not finished our work and look forward to continuing our efforts to ‘Protecting our frontline workers and fellow Canadians’ as we launch our Campaign #2.
The world is facing a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against COVID-19. Masks are especially in demand. We also need more gowns, gloves and shields. As we find sources of all types of PPE through our collective efforts, the Faculty of Medicine at U of T, in partnership with their affiliated hospitals, will support the ethical distribution of all PPE to the hospitals that need them most.
At the peak of the pandemic, up to 20% of healthcare providers may need to self-isolate, away from their family. Many Residents and Fellows (specialists in training) often have trouble finding a place to self isolate safely. Hence, together with the U of T Faculty of Medicine, we are partnering with hotels across the GTA to help with critical short-term accommodation. The Faculty of Medicine is committed to helping fund accommodation for all trainees who need it.
The University of Toronto has created a Toronto COVID-19 Action Fund of $6,000,000, and we are seeking contributions to increase the size of this fund (target of $10M). This Fund supports research that renders near-term results (12 months) to positively impact individuals, communities and public health systems. The funds are open to researchers at U of T and across our partner hospitals.