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Family of premature twins call for mandatory masks inside neonatal intensive care units

Sina Muscati’s twins have endured a tough introduction into the world. They were born nearly three months premature, in the midst of a global pandemic.Their father says there was even a potential COVID-19 exposure inside the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where they’ve lived for the past

Sina Muscati’s twins have endured a tough introduction into the world. They were born nearly three months premature, in the midst of a global pandemic.

Their father says there was even a potential COVID-19 exposure inside the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where they’ve lived for the past six weeks.

“Very early on, one of our twins was put in isolation because we found out he was exposed,” said Muscati. “He didn’t test positive or anything but it added stress to an already stressful situation.”

That’s why Muscati says he was surprised when he first noticed that several visitors weren’t wearing masks inside the Royal Columbia Hospital’s NICU — a space that can house upwards of a dozen premature and health-compromised infants at any given time.

“You would think in an intensive care unit, especially with premature children who have basically no immune system, and are very susceptible to disease, major respiratory issues, that, at the basic, masks would be required,” he said.

Fraser Health does not list masks as mandatory in its visitors guidelines, but does say PPE may be required “when visiting or caring for patients/residents who are on droplet and contact precautions.” Visitors are also screened for COVID-19…

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