Good Evening Members,
There are some alarming statements being made publicly regarding children not being able to transmit the COVID-19 virus, hence the Union felt it imperative to draw attention some articles that have been published as of late that will make you think twice before accepting those previous statements as the gospel. As Public Employees we are at the mercy of our Government and the directives that come from the various ministries, however, that does not mean we shouldn’t take the time to educate ourselves, especially in the wake of a pandemic that could very well take your life or the life of someone you love.
We have provided a few links below that you may find of interest…..
- “Can children, with mild or no illness, transmit the Coronavirus to others?” “Yes, they can.”
- SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Children
- “Crucially, although the majority of younger people and children will develop symptoms little worse than flu, they could be invisible carriers of the virus and play a key role in its spread.”
- “Social distancing and everyday preventative actions continue to be recommended for persons of all ages.”
The goal of sharing some articles regarding children and this virus is not to strike fear, or create dissention, but to ensure that we do not let our guard down with a false sense of security that children don’t play a role in the transmission of COVID-19. We also see this as a very teachable moment for our young people; driving home the importance of good hygiene and finding creative ways to make the art of social distancing fun instead of awkward. The CDC is another resource that may be of interest.
Members who have returned to their respective work sites are reminded to be respectful and mindful when it comes to the 2m (6ft) rule, if someone asks you to step back as they feel you are too close then we would ask that you politely acknowledge their request. This is a stressful time for so many of our members, so we just ask that you pleased be kind during this difficult time.
Members are also reminded not to use School District email to correspond with your Union Executive. If you are not signed up to receive our e-mails, please visit our website and “Update Your Contact Information” under the “Contact Us” tab. Please be sure to fill in all the fields, even if you are wanting to update your email address details, this will ensure that the information we have for you on file is current.
CUPE 411 Executive