CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER SAYS SOME HOSPITALS TRYING TO REDUCE 'BURN RATE' OF MASKS

Mar 29, 2020

By Jeremy Logan

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Canada’s chief public health officer Doctor Theresa Tam says some hospitals are trying to reduce what she calls the “burn rate” of protective masks and other equipment as the federal government seeks to obtain more.

Tam was responding to reports some doctors and nurses are reusing their masks because of a shortage of protective gear.

Tam says such measures make sense to ensure masks and other needed resources are not wasted before more can be obtained.

Deputy chief public health officer Doctor Howard Njoo says the federal government is in the process of purchasing more ventilators for COVID-19 patients, but it is too early to say how many will be needed.

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