Health Canada is advising the public, as well as healthcare professionals (HCPs) on important considerations for the use of homemade masks to protect against the transmission of COVID-19.
Wearing a facial covering/non-medical mask in the community has not been proven to protect the person wearing it and is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing. However, it can be an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, even if you have no symptoms. It can be useful for short periods of time, when physical distancing is not possible in public settings such as when grocery shopping or using public transit.
Strict hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing, will reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus. It is important to understand that non-medical masks have limitations and need to be used safely.
Optimizing the use of masks and respirators during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Importance of masks and respirators
- N95 respirators for medical applications
- Masks (surgical, procedure or medical masks)
About non-medical masks and face coverings
- What is an appropriate non-medical mask or face covering
- How to put on a non-medical mask or face covering
- How to remove a non-medical mask or face covering
- Instructions for making a sew and no-sew cloth face covering