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Updated: Jul 19, 2021

Open Letter to Alberta Health Officials

November 21, 2020


Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

As per Wikipedia, a “Novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a provisional name given to coronaviruses of medical significance before a permanent name is decided upon. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the strain of coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the respiratory illness responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.”

While SARS-CoV-2 could be referred to a Novel coronavirus in late 2019, the same cannot be said today.

With all of the advances in modern medicine, I and many other Albertans, struggle with the decision of many governments to implement lockdowns in response to COVID-19.

Beyond the very real and negative economic implications of lockdowns, the troubling health impacts of isolation have also been brought to light in recent reports. Most notably; deteriorating mental health, increased opioid deaths and reduced access to health services for those without COVID-19.

I am not a medical practitioner and will never claim to be. I am however, an optimist.

With that said, and after a year since the discovery of SARS-CoV-2, does Alberta Health recommend any preventative health measures to combat COVID-19 and help residents remain in the workforce?

Have recent reports highlighting the impacts of Vitamin D been explored more thoroughly? What about the potential use of corticosteroids, such as FLOVENT HFA, to protect against airway inflammation?

As an asthmatic, I have spent time in the hospital with respiratory concerns. When COVID-19 was initially announced, I did not shut down and irrationally worry about its potential impacts on me. Rather I used this prior knowledge of respiratory illness to equipment myself, to move forward and to continue providing for my family.

I urge you to change the narrative, to rely on related medical knowledge and to inspire Albertans.


Jared Pilon

Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB


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