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what health experts are asking you to do.
Use of Face Masks
In the United States:
U.S. residents are now being encouraged to wear non-medical face masks in public.
Information from the CDC (Centre for Disease Control)
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
The CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Making Do it Yourself Face Coverings, from CDC
How to make your own face mask, from USA Today
- Simple to follow instructions, plus pattern for cutting fabric
From Canada's chief public health officer (April 6th):
The special advisory committee for COVID-19 has determined wearing a non-medical mask can help people prevent transmission to others and protect others.
“Wearing a non-medical mask, even if you have no symptoms, is an additional measure that you can take to protect others around you in situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain, such as in public transit or maybe in the grocery store.” - Dr. Theresa Tam
Dr. Tam suggested using material from cotton shirts, sheets or bandannas and elastic bands to create face coverings.***
*** Also see articles from the U.S. (above) for making masks.
For current information, also go to: canada.ca/coronavirus