The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is now recommending those at risk of higher exposure and more severe disease outcomes from COVID-19 wear a medical face mask.
The guidance, which was updated Nov. 12 advises that these individuals "could also consider using a respirator" in certain situations.
The PHAC is now advising medical masks are recommended to be worn by:
- anyone who has tested positive for or has symptoms of COVID-19
- people caring for someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19
- people who live in an overcrowded setting with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19
- people who are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19
- people who are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their living situation
Individuals in the above situations could also consider using a respirator.
More details on Covid-19 mask use are available on the Government of Canada's website.