Some suggested wording to get people started. To whom it may concern, I am writing with regards to the RFB tender 17125 for cloth masks. According to Health Canada, cloth masks - even with filters - do not adequately protect against airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2. (1/n)
I applaud the Ministry for its effort to procure masks. To me, this is an acknowledgement of: 1. The airborne nature of SARS-CoV-2 2. The threat that SARS-CoV-2 continues to pose to Ontario schools, and 3. The Ministry's duty to provide a safe schools for a Ontario students, 2/n
However, as stated above, all available data indicate that cloth masks - even with filters - offer insufficient protection against SARS-CoV-2. Thus, procurement of cloth masks is an inappropriate use of funds. This could put students at risk due to a false sense of safety. 3/n
I strongly support procurement of N95s and other respirator-like masks in excess of the number of Ontario students to ensure equitable and sufficient distribution. In addition, I support data-driven, evidence-informed policies to ensure such masking is required when needed. (4/4)
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