Face mask and other self-protections recommendations

Wear a mask if you are sick 

Masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are caring for a person with symptoms. 

The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading when you cough or sneeze. 

Using a mask is not enough on its own and should be combined with other preventative measures such as hand washing, self-isolating and physical distancing. 

Wear a mask if you are healthy

Our medical experts say wearing a mask is a reasonable solution when you have to be out in the community for medical appointments, food or supplies.

Wearing a mask can help in containing your own droplets and protect others but it will not protect you from COVID-19. 

Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face – while adjusting the mask for example.

Wearing a mask is not a guarantee you won't get sick.

You may see people wearing a homemade mask or scarf when in public. This protects others from your droplets in case you are asymptomatic and passing the virus on unknowingly. However, wearing a face mask is not a guarantee you won’t get sick yourself. Viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. Be careful that you do not get a false sense of security from wearing a mask. It is vital that you still social distance to avoid infection. 

Below more trusted information on the proper use of face masks.

World Health Organization:

US CDC (Center for Disease Control):

BC CDC (Center for Disease Control)

Page Last Updated: 23/06/2020