Face mask and other self-protections recommendations

When is face mask use recommended?

You should wear a mask when:

-you are likely to be in close contact with someone infected.

-you're showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with it. 

-you are a health or social care worker, looking after patients. 

-you care for another family member (ideally both patient and carer should be wearing one).


Masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of COVID-19. However, wearing a face mask is not a guarantee you won’t get sick. Viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. They make little difference if you’re just walking around town or taking a bus. You should not bulk-buy a huge supply.

Find below and in our list of trusted information sources, more information on how to protect yourself. 

World Health Organization:

US CDC (Center for Disease Control):

BC CDC (Center for Disease Control)

Page Last Updated: 24/03/2020