Wearing of Masks now suggested for all Canadians

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wearing of medical masks now mandatory in quebec

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

6 COMMENTS

  1. It is unlikely that most people will practice the necessary steps to avoid cross contamination. They need a sink with soap and clean towels/ paper to wash their hands prior to taking it off or placing/replacing it on their face which is a total new level infection control practice that the best ICU nurse is observed applying!.This reality is for all those people who put it below there nose to start or take a break and protect just their chin.😲 Unlikely to have a bottle of purell in their pocket these days!Takes a lot of concentration and understanding. It will give a false sense of reassurance. So once again, The best of best practice is social distancing (6 feet)from everyone to protect the ones you love and those you don’t know, and will never know you put them in an ICU if your asymptotic .Frequent hand washing and doing your best to not touch your face is essential to the game. Don’t leave any towels around to be shared.Use paper towels instead to dry your hands. Leave the masks for the essential frontline workers in the hospitals and community. Stay safe, don’t cross contaminate is the big game .From the front lines. ER NURSE, JGH HOSPITAL ,Montréal.

  2. Wow, this entire piece needs a rewrite and perhaps a change in title so it’s not a blatant lie causing panic in an already panicky time.

    • Hello Stephanie, Thanks for your input. We appreciate it. The report reflects the directives from the Prime Minister on April6, 2020. Wearing masks is part of our new protocol. Mandatory masks in ALL medical clinics and suggested masks for public spaces.

      • No, you are still incorrect. Refer to the quote from Dr. Tam (that your author even quoted twice in this piece): “wearing a non-medical mask is mask additional measure that you can take”. She says “can”, not “that you must” or that it is “mandatory”. As for the Prime Minster, he has said “if people want to wear a mask that is okay”. But again, he did not say this is mandatory or law now in Canada. Articles like this, and comments like yours Rhonda, cause panic and spread misinformation. Responsible journalism is key at a time like this. Please edit your response and change the wording of this article.

        You also failed to highlight that Dr. Tam also stated that wearing a non-medical mask has not been proven to protect the person wearing the mask, but can protect others if the wearer is pre-sympotmatic or asymptomatic (and obviously if they are symptomatic).

        • The last paragraph of the piece states: 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 by saying that a humid mask is no longer usable and it could provide a false sense of protection.

          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”.

  3. The Prime Minister is a brainless imbicle. He had an opportunity to make a serious impact on th threat to Canadians months ago! Now his bandade directives are simply imposing public fear and false sense of protection that will only make thje situation worse.

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