A plea to my conservative Catholic friends in Ontario: hear the cry of the poor!

COVID strikes down the poor

Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 Infections in 516 Ontario Neighbourhoods, January 23, 2020 to January 16, 2021. Source: Brown KA, Stall NM, Joh E, et al. A strategy for the mass distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario based on age and neighbourhood. Science Briefs of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. 2021;2(10). https://doi.org/10.47326/ocsat.2021.02.10.1.0
Incidence of COVID-19 Deaths or Hospitalizations by Age and Neighbourhood of Residence in Ontario, from January 23, 2020 to January 16, 2021. For those not familiar with this chart type: as on a topographical map, cells shaded in the same colour are at the same “elevation.” Here that means a region’s incidence of events per 100,000 inhabitants (other than those living in long-term care or retirement homes). Source: Brown KA, Stall NM, Joh E, et al. A strategy for the mass distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario based on age and neighbourhood. Science Briefs of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. 2021;2(10). https://doi.org/10.47326/ocsat.2021.02.10.1.0

Not all seniors are the same

How have we used our power?

Respect for public health advice

What would actually help against the pandemic

  • Essential workplaces, only
  • Paying essential workers to stay home when they are sick, exposed or need time to get vaccinated
  • Accelerating the vaccination of essential workers and those who live in hot spots
  • Limiting mobility [i.e., between regions and coming into the province]
  • Focusing on public health guidance that works
  • Keeping people safely connected.

What now?

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Catholic practising in the Byzantine tradition. Medical editor, sometime historian of medicine. Widower. "Truth and love need each other."

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Catholic practising in the Byzantine tradition. Medical editor, sometime historian of medicine. Widower. "Truth and love need each other."

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