The Public Health Agency of Canada, PHAC, is now recommending that people at greater risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and more severe health outcomes wear a medical alert. face mask
This guidance was quietly updated Nov. 12 and advises that these individuals follow the guidelines. “could also consider using a respirator”In certain situations.
The PHAC now advises medical masksYou can wear it by:
Anyone who has had symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19
People caring for someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive
People who live in overcrowded areas with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms.
People at higher risk for severe disease or worsening outcomes from COVID-19
People who live in a more dangerous environment are at greater risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
Prior guidance had warned Canadians that they were at greater risk of severe disease and exposure. “wear a well-fitting, well-constructed non-medical mask that includes a filter layer”Or “consider wearing a well-fitting medical mask if one is available.”
CTVNews.ca reached out to the PHAC in an effort to get comment, but was not able to hear back before publication.
Properly worn, studies have shown that face masksIt can reduce or prevent the inhalation of infectious respiratory particles.
The PHAC advises Canadians that they continue to practice all public health measures recommended locally by public health authorities, even individual measures such as wearing a hat. mask.
“When layered with other recommended public health measures, a well-constructed, well-fitting and properly worn mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19,”The PHAC notes in its maskOnline guidance
After Canada’s chief public-health officer had advised Canadians earlier Friday at a conference to choose for a maskThat offers the best quality fit.
“The same as vaccination provides us with an essential base layer of immune readiness protection, masks are an essential top layer against virus inhalation and spread between people,”Dr. Theresa Tam stated.
“Heading into the winter, there are many reasons to ensure that our top or outer barrier layer of protection is of the best quality and fit possible. With the highly contagious Delta variant continuing to predominate, the risk for surges and disease activity is likely to increase with more time spent indoors, particularly where there are pockets of low vaccine coverage.”
Tam warned about slight “turbulence”Many new COVID-19-related cases are on the rise in many parts of the country. While severe illness is stable, she said that infections must be controlled to prevent more.
Both medical and fabric masksDr. Ronald St. John, the former director-general of Canada’s Public Health Agency’s Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, said that while effectiveness can vary, it is important that any given situation be addressed. maskIt fits perfectly to the faceWithout any gaps.
“Make sure the little metal band is pressed around your nose and it’s tucked under your chin, including covering your facial hair and so forth. That’s going to be a major deterrent for transmission,”He said.
With files from Michael Lee of CTVNews.ca