Non-Medical Face Masks and COVID-19
WHEN DO I WEAR A FACE MASK?
When you are in a space that requires a face mask.
When your health professional tells you to.
When maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 metres is not possible.
HOW DO I WEAR A FACE MASK?
Wash your hands before putting on your face mask and after taking it off.
Only touch the straps when putting on or taking off your face mask.
Avoid touching the outer surface of your face mask.
Choose a face mask that is comfortable, doesn't leave gaps on the side of
your face and doesn't require frequent adjustments.
Your mask should cover your chin, nose and mouth
Wash cloth masks frequently and in hot water.
Dispose of single-use masks after each use.
Do not share a face mask.
WHO SHOULD WEAR A FACE MASK?
Wearing a non-medical face mask can protect those around you from
the virus you may be carrying. Anyone can wear a face mask.
People, including those with lung disease, are encouraged to wear a face
mask when physical distancing is not possible. There is no evidence
that wearing a face mask would worsen your lung condition.
If wearing a face mask causes you anxiety or shortness of breath, avoid
situations that require it. You can also speak to your healthcare
provider to give you tips or advice so you can wear a face mask.
WHY SHOULD I WEAR A FACE MASK?
Wearing a face mask can protect those around you. You may have the
virus without showing any symptoms.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
Continue physical distancing.
Continue to follow proper hand washing guidelines (20 seconds with
soap and warm water). Avoid going out if you may be sick.