Support Our Front Line Workers
The Coronavirus is spreading in British Columbia at exponential speed: initially the growth will be gradual, and then dramatic. It’s simply a question of when, not if.
Now is the time to stand with our front-line medical workers, they have sounded the alarm. Our health care system risks being overrun.
In a letter Saturday to provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Gerald Da Roza, head of medicine at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, says B.C. is on the same trajectory as Italy.
"In British Columbia, our approximate double times are in the 3-4 day range, similar to Italy. As you know, today alone there were 77 new cases, 10 of which are currently in critical care units we need to act now to prevent a catastrophic number of preventable deaths."
Unfortunately, Mayor, Council, and the BC government has been slow to respond, this puts our front-line medical professionals at great risk.
Transit is still running, daycares remain operational, some businesses haven't yet home-based their employees, and the beaches are filled with people within feet or inches of each other. Combined, this is a recipe for disaster.
The medical community has spoken up saying the only way to slow the virus is through a short term community lockdown.
Gerald Da Roza said in his letter to Dr. Bonny Henry, "A community lockdown may seem a bit drastic, but experiences in the rest of the world clearly demonstrate how critical it is to act decisively and urgently."
Now is a time to be proactive rather than reactive and to show extraordinary leadership. It is better to err on the side of caution than risk under-reacting as the virus spreads.
Please join us in calling for a short term community lockdown to give our front line workers a chance in our fight with Coronavirus.
Thank you for all that you do,