Now is not the time to lift the travel ban for the unvaccinated

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My answer is no.

Albas says Prime Minister Trudeau “reversed his stance against vaccine passports and used them as an issue in the pandemic election last year.”

This is just a manipulation of the Conservative Party, designed to please those who are anti-vaxxers and libertarians.

Even though provinces and territories have reduced or eliminated some restrictions, the COVID-19 virus has not gone away. Last week, Canada reached a grim milestone: the total number of COVID-related deaths in Canada is over 40,000.

Albas: “While the government continues to insist that it ‘follows the science,’ it has shown no such documentation to support the continued enforcement of this policy of exclusion.'”

Scientific data continues to show that being fully vaccinated and wearing a mask provides additional layers of protection against COVID-19.

A fully vaccinated person can still get COVID-19. But as Dr. Lisa Miller (professor of epidemiology and associate dean for public health practice at the Colorado School of Public Health) wrote in February: “The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that hospitalization rates are 16 times higher in unvaccinated adults compared to fully vaccinated adults, and death rates are 14 times higher.”

Miller added, “What’s the takeaway from all of this? More importantly, vaccination significantly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death many times over.”

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<p>Several studies have concluded that wearing masks on board an aircraft can reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19.  In August 2020, simulations looking at the spread of COVID-19 aerosols aboard Boeing aircraft found that when passengers wore surgical masks, cough droplets were reduced by more than 90%. </p>
<p>A UK study from May 2021 examined the odds of in-flight COVID-19 infection in an experiment conducted aboard a Boeing 777. For a 12-hour flight, researchers calculated that wearing high-efficiency masks – such as N95s – can reduce the average likelihood of infection by 73%, while low-efficiency masks can reduce infection by 32%.</p>
<p>However, the effectiveness of these masks decreases when mealtimes are taken into account. </p>
<p>Last month, University of Saskatchewan epidemiologist Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine said airplane HEPA filters are only active when the plane’s engines are running.</p>
<p>During embarkation, disembarkation and refueling (when the engines are off), these filters offer no protection.  Muhajarine thinks the abolition of mandates for passengers would be “extremely inadvisable”.</p>
<p dir=Even if you’re the only one on the plane wearing a mask, Dr. Amesh Adaja, principal investigator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says “one-way masking” can still help reduce your risk of catching the virus. virus, especially if it’s a well-fitting high-efficiency mask, like the N95.

Since Albas seems so keen to see the vaccination requirement for train and plane travel removed, I have two questions for him:

“M. Albas: You acknowledge being fully vaccinated.

“1. If the vaccination requirement were lifted tomorrow, how comfortable would you feel (on a scale of 0 to 10) traveling by plane with a full load of passengers, if you were the only one vaccinated ?

“2. If the mask requirement was also eliminated, would you still wear one? Why or why not?”

David Buckna

Kelowna

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