Canada's Public Health Experts Issue New Guidance on Non-Medical Face Masks

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But he added that individuals also need to contribute.

"Many of us are just using those brown paper bags that we used to take our lunch to work in", he said.

Several MPs, along with members of the public, have begun wearing masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible.

The advice is slightly stronger than previous recommendations that people should consider wearing a face mask in public. At the time, he said wearing masks can provide a false sense of security and lead people to touch their faces to adjust the mask, increasing the risk of infection.

Spain is now requiring people to wear masks when in public, but so far most Canadian public health officials have only recommended it be done in circumstances where physical distancing is not possible.

As provinces start to allow businesses and services to resume, Canada's top doctor is recommending everyone wear a non-medical face mask when they can't keep two metres apart from others.

"The concept is one, I think, of reciprocal protection", Dr. Tam said.

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"We also recommend that you plan your trips so you make sure you know exactly what you want in the grocery stores so you limit you time wearing the mask", she said.

"But for short term, it is a similar analogy to coughing into your sleeve or coughing into a tissue", she said.

Trudeau said many apps developed to date drain phone batteries because they must be open in order to work, but Google and Apple are working on a fix.

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"The last thing I want is to give (COVID-19) to someone else if I have it", said Manny Reilly.

"We really rely on facial expression as a form of communication, so the masks are a barrier in making those connections in the community".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined the safety measures and protocols needed to reopen the economy by boosting COVID-19 testing capacity, contact tracing, and data sharing between jurisdictions. It makes you wonder if we all should have been doing this since March.

"It seems like the government has been saying for months that masks don't help, but now they supposedly do?"

The lab capacity of 60,000 tests is not a "magic number" though, warned Canada's deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo.

Canada has reported more than 81,700 cases of COVID-19, including almost 6,200 deaths.

"Going backwards, could you have done it faster?"

"This virus can accelerate really quickly".

"Be very aware of those with different types of cognitive, intellectual disabilities, those who are hearing impaired and others", Dr. Tam said.

Ontario is actively looking for an app that fits its own needs and respects user privacy, but Ford said all the provinces and the federal government have agreed to look at how they can standardize the technology province to province.

There are 81,767 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada.

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