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)