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See COVID, say COVID

See COVID, say COVID

It's Fall 2022 and the masks are off. Well, officially, masking is a "personal choice". Leadership has dropped the COVID ball and is hoping that nobody is going to pick it up again. So what's left to do? Continue to mask, provide alternatives for everyone that don't require in-person gathering (classes, labs, meetings), get vaccinated […]

Being heard while wearing a mask

Being heard while wearing a mask

The following are a set of preliminary tests I did to determine relative speech sound performance while wearing a mask. I'm particularly interested in the context of mask-wearing in a classroom, but this could be helpful in many other workplaces. I tested a number of masks in my dining room. Audio levels were measured using […]

COVID is back. Here’s what we need to do.

COVID is back. Here’s what we need to do.

September is coming. And with it, more COVID.  That’s the truth of it. Universities, colleges, public schools and daycares will feel the impact of the next crop of COVID variants one student and one employee at a time.  The “back to normal” story we were fed was a lie.  It was convenient.  It was popular.  It felt good.  But it was […]

Improving Public Health Messaging on Masking

Improving Public Health Messaging on Masking

In response to a thread on May 24, 2022, between Mr. Tom Jackman and Dr. Michael Schwandt, I decided to delve into the literature to point out the problematic messaging that has been coming from many governmental / public health bodies, including that in British Columbia. The two-sentence summary: public health officials in much of […]

Update to the Four Motions to Protect Staff, Students and Faculty

Update to the Four Motions to Protect Staff, Students and Faculty

[March 20, 2022 update] A version of the N95 motion was brought before YorkU Senate in January 2022 by Senator Patrick Phillips. It appears to have passed but has not led to subsidized distribution of N95s on campus. [Feb 2, 2022 update] The first motion (Recommendation for N95s) resulted in a recommendation email to all […]

2022: the Year of the N95 respirator

2022: the Year of the N95 respirator

In 2020 and 2021 we wore masks. In 2022 we will be wearing respirators. Whether they're official NIOSH N95s, CAN95, or KN95 , for the purpose of general public use we can just call them "N95s". The need for N95s has been clear from the beginning of the pandemic, but for two years most of […]

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

[Updates: Dec 23, 2021; Jan 31, 2022 ; Feb 16, 2022 ; March 17; 2022; April 28, 2022] This page is for general information on tools to help us fight COVID. I'll focus primarily on respirators and air quality here and less on vaccines: Masks and Respirators section Air Quality Measurement (CO2, etc.) section HEPA […]

Masking Exemptions at York University

Masking Exemptions at York University

[updated Dec 9, 2021] Masks are a form of personal protective equipment that can be very effective at spreading COVID. In your classroom you should only see masked students and they should all be wearing high quality models that protects all of us from the airborne hazard known as COVID. Here's why. Student Accessibility Services […]