On April 6th, the Federal Government announced new measures regarding the wearing of masks for the population. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer stated that, “Wearing a non-medical mask is an additional measure that you can take to protect others around you”.
This means that when you are in a public environment, everyone should be wearing a non-medical mask to prevent community spread of the virus. While it is not mandatory at this time it is suggested.
“Wearing a non-medical mask is an additional measure that you can take to protect others around you,” Tam said. The mask should not replace any previous precautions you have put in place, like washing your hands and social distancing.
The federal government stated that medical masks should NOT be worn by the general population to save the equipment for the sick and front line medical workers. In addition, the masks should not be shared or reused between people and must be removed without contact with your face. It is strongly recommended for people visiting medical clinics for various appointments to wear a mask.
Today, Quebec Premier, Francois Legault, during question period, , also highlighted that the population should continue to practice measures of frequent hand washing, social distancing and avoid touching your face.
Quebec’s public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said he agrees with the decision made by the federal government but that masks won’t always work. He went on to say that a humid mask is no longer usable and it could provide a false sense of protection.
Updated COVID-19 Cases (April 6th):
– In Québec: 8580
– In Canada: 15,853
– U.S: 304,826
– Worldwide: 1,292,564