Thursday, October 14, 2021

Important tools to try and combat fourth wave being ignored

Two of the most important tools the province could use to combat the fourth, and by far the worst, wave of COVID-19 is not being discussed:
Paid sick days for workers and rapid testing for the general public.
A way to limit the potential spread is for anyone who has symptoms to stay away from work and thus not possibly infect others, but many New Brunswickers can not afford to miss a day of work. Many provincial employees have sick days and can use them, but we believe the province should mandate paid sick days for all New Brunswick workers.
Throughout this pandemic, many workers have had to choose between losing pay or going to work with symptoms. Given there’s been very little use of rapid tests up to this point – and they’re still not available to the general public – sick days could have prevented exposures and infections.
Thus far, the province has favoured businesses with its preventative measures including providing rapid tests to businesses through Chambers of Commerce and only allowing family gatherings larger than a single household during Thanksgiving to take place at restaurants.
Providing rapid tests for students is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done.
Our province is suffering with record cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. We need to do everything possible to stop this trend and get it moving in the other direction.
Providing all workers with sick days and making rapid tests available to the general public are two crucial steps that are not being taken.