In Partnership with DigiPharm Health Inc.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect many different municipalities, certain services must remain open. Community pharmacy workers are among the essential services required during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, all workers have the right to be protected against infectious disease in the performance of their duties.
COVID-19 typically spreads from person-to-person by respiratory droplets produced while coughing or sneezing. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.
Barriers to droplets, environmental hygiene and overall infection prevention practice are the best ways to reduce the spread. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in droplet protection typically consist of gloves, a long-sleeved gown and facial protection, such as surgical/procedural mask and eye protection, face shield, or surgical/procedural mask with visor attachment.
As the demand for PPE has increased from various essential services, many community pharmacies are finding it difficult to provide PPE to their staff, as supplies are running low.
We want to ensure that the frontline pharmacy staff are protected during this pandemic. As such, we have created this initiative for free masks to all pharmacies in the lower mainland. Although, we would love to provide as many masks needed per store we have a limited supply so we will be restricting masks to 10 per pharmacist.