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Physicians, nurses, health scientists, health policy specialists and community advocates working together to advocate for evidence-based health policies in BC.

Protect Our Province BC, DoNoHarm BC, and Masks4EastVan highlight harms and human rights violations from loss of healthcare safety Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (British Columbia) - Independent public health groups Protect Our Province BC, DoNoHarm BC, and Masks4EastVan are calling on the BC government to restore healthcare mask requirements. They are urging British Columbians to… Continue reading BC health advocates call on government to reinstate healthcare mask requirements

Latest POP BC Briefings

In honor of February being Heart Month, cardiologist Dr. Leslie Kasza joined Protect our Province BC’s Dr. Susan Kuo for a discussion on COVID-19’s impact on heart health and how you can reduce your risk. Don’t be fooled into thinking it won’t happen to you because you are _________, fill in the blank: young, healthy vaccinated and/or you only had a mild infection, etc.
A Protect Our Province BC panel discussion about how we as a community, can pull together to create a safer learning environment for kids when school starts again in September! We can avoid another ‘tripledemic’ if we work together! Ready for Fall 2023? Briefing video:
“COVID-19 vaccination is safe during pregnancy and may protect newborns from infection, especially if vaccines are given in the second or third trimester. This is similar to what we are already doing with other maternal vaccines, including TDaP and seasonal influenza.” – Dr. Eastabrook
“If we had an epidemic of people with broken limbs and we saw people in plasters and crutches, it would be more evident. But there is a lot of disability that is happening, which is a hidden disability often, which is why we need to talk about it more, for people to understand what the consequences are. And that will help to make better decisions.” - Lynette

More News from POP BC

No lessons were learned. This year, despite the lessons that could have been learned and implemented, BC public health was as ill prepared as it was last year for the viral "respiratory season”. * And so on January 9, a new record number of hospital admissions was set at 10,345 . For more up to… Continue reading State of Public Health in BC
PoP BC's mission is to provide evidence-based public health guidance in an effort to collectively reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can support our efforts and contribute to our mission by helping us get the word out. In BC, there is an ongoing attempt to dismiss the severity of COVID-19 and to pressure people to… Continue reading ACTION: Download or print a PoP BC poster on how to hold inclusive events in your community (translations available!)
Second in a series of two posts by an Alberta mom. Find the first post here: No One Is Listening To Me Image: The Rona Lisa by Rosie Pidgeon, a young Belfast art student living with Long Covid.  To view her artwork, please visit @art_byrosie_ Alberta Long Covid Kids During the Delta wave in October… Continue reading No More Stolen Childhoods

Addressing Long COVID: Advancing Research and Improving Patient Care

Clip from Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly’s testimony on January 18, 2024

Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, a clinical epidemiologist at University of Washington in St-Louis, and a leading COVID-19 researcher, testified before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. His words were sobering:

The best way to prevent Long Covid is to prevent COVID in the first place. This requires a multilayered/multipronged approach. We must develop sustainable solutions to prevent repeated infections with SARS-CoV-2 and Long Covid that would be embraced by the public.” 

“If we learn one thing from this pandemic, we must recognize that ‘pandemics disable people’ — that is acute infections can lead to chronic disabling disease. We call these Infection-Associated Chronic Conditions (IACC). These include Long Covid, ME/CFS and many other acute infections that lead to chronic disease.”

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