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Canada Laura Tennant: Consumers didn't cause the mask shortage — governments did

17:08  25 march  2020
17:08  25 march  2020 Source:   nationalpost.com

The latest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 20, 2020

  The latest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 20, 2020 The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 11:32 a.m. ET on March 20, 2020: There are 923 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada. _ Ontario: 308 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 5 resolved) _ British Columbia: 271 confirmed (including 8 deaths, 5 resolved) _ Alberta: 146 confirmed (including 1 death) _ Quebec: 121 confirmed (including 1 death) _ Saskatchewan: 8 confirmed, 12 presumptive _ Manitoba: 9There are 923 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada.

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a statue of a person: Surgical masks placed on a statue in front of Princess Margaret Hospital in downtown Toronto on March 19, 2020. © Peter J. Thompson/National Post Surgical masks placed on a statue in front of Princess Margaret Hospital in downtown Toronto on March 19, 2020.

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Back in January, I purchased a small supply of N95 masks to protect myself and my family, after hearing about the lockdown in Wuhan, China, and doing some research on what was then called the novel coronavirus. Today, I’m seeing vitriol directed at members of the public who own these masks and wear them in public. Individuals are being told that their actions have led a shortage of supplies for health-care workers. But what people fail to understand is that consumers did not create the health-care worker mask shortage — governments did.

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If individuals could reason from the limited data they had access to in late January that they should purchase a mask, governments should have come to the same conclusion and taken action to secure a supply of personal protective equipment for health-care workers.

The U.S. surgeon general tweeted on Feb. 29: “Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS!” This message was short-sighted, and directed at the wrong people.

It is perfectly rational to purchase protective equipment for yourself and your family if it is legal and available. After all, if you don’t purchase these items, someone else will.

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If governments wanted to secure a supply for health-care workers, they could have purchased them in bulk when they were still available, or mandated that stores stop selling them to the public and make them available to the health-care system. Instead, the Canadian government sent 16 tonnes of protective equipment, including masks, to China.

And now, it’s too late. Very few masks remain available. Before the pandemic, China produced approximately half of the world’s medical masks. But in the current circumstances, the Chinese are keeping them in their own country. This is contributing to a global shortage, and highlighting our dependence on other countries.

a person sitting on the seat of a car window:  Two men wearing masks drive up for assessment as the city’s public health unit holds walk-in testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Montreal, Quebec, March 23, 2020. © Christinne Muschi/Reuters Two men wearing masks drive up for assessment as the city’s public health unit holds walk-in testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Montreal, Quebec, March 23, 2020.

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What this means is that there simply are not enough masks in North America to get us through this pandemic. What we needed to do was to ramp up the local production of masks months ago. Now, governments are playing catch-up and blaming citizens for their own mistakes.

Individuals who purchased masks are now being told they should donate them to hospitals, where they can be used by the health-care workers who need them most. I agree: people who are hoarding unused masks should absolutely consider donating them, if hospitals are able to accept such donations. But it’s worth noting that it isn’t exactly straightforward for hospitals to ensure the masks have not been used, infected or soiled after they’ve been in the possession of a civilian.

a group of people standing around a bag of luggage:  Travellers wearing masks walk through Toronto Pearson Airport amid continued concerns of the COVID-19 virus, March 16, 2020. © Peter J. Thompson/National Post Travellers wearing masks walk through Toronto Pearson Airport amid continued concerns of the COVID-19 virus, March 16, 2020.

Donations might make a small dent in the massive shortage, but what if a person doesn’t have any unused masks left to donate to hospitals? Someone who has a small supply that they carefully re-use, perhaps by isolating the used mask for days before reusing it, does no one a service by throwing it out.

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I know my parents’ generation didn ’ t do that. I could be talking about something super important to me, and they wouldn’t even be listening.” C) teenagers know the problems caused by phones. D) smartphones can cause mental health problems. 18. What does the author suggest in her article?

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Don’t forget: a person wearing a mask is trying not to get the virus. They’re trying not to pass it on to you, your aging dad or your diabetic grandmother. They’re trying to flatten the curve. They didn’t steal the mask from nurses. They bought it from Home Depot, where it was available for sale, and where someone else would have bought it if they didn’t.

When it comes to the mask shortage in Canada, blaming and shaming civilians after the fact serves nobody. We should instead be pointing the finger at the Canadian government for failing to secure personal protective equipment for Canadians, and instead choosing to ship a bunch of it to China in early February. We can only hope China returns the favour, or that we figure out how to produce more masks here at home — and fast.

National Post

Laura Tennant is a freelance health and science writer based in Toronto.

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