Manitoba premier should visit ICU to see why mask mandate needed, says mother of baby hospitalized with RSV – CBC

Significant rise in last 2 weeks in number of children in ER with respiratory illnesses, Shared Health says

Nov 12, 2022

The mother of a baby in a Winnipeg intensive care unit says people need to wear masks to slow the spread of respiratory viruses that have led to a surge in the number of kids ending up in hospital.

Devon McWilliams’s daughter Willow is just under four months old and has RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. She’s been taken to the neonatal intensive care unit at Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital, where she had to be intubated.

In a post shared on social media, McWilliams invited Premier Heather Stefanson to the hospital unit to better understand why she thinks a mask mandate is necessary.

“I have one visitor spot left and it has your name on it,” McWilliams wrote in the post, addressing the premier. “Stop thinking of votes for the next election, start thinking of Manitoba’s future and the legacy you will leave.”

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