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Physical distancing, mask use cuts relative coronavirus risk by at least 80%

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Physical distancing, mask use cuts relative coronavirus risk by at least 80%
Wearing a face mask and keeping your distance from others can help to cut your relative risk of catching the novel coronavirus by 80% or more, according to a new paper published Monday in the Lancet medical journal.

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'Convincing' evidence suggests cloth masks may help reduce COVID-19 transmission

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'Convincing' evidence suggests cloth masks may help reduce COVID-19 transmission
Like you, we are aware of numerous reports from the medical and scientific communities about how wearing face masks can help reduce the transmission of viruses if the wearer is infected. According to this developing story, there is convincing evidence indicating that cloth face masks may also protect the wearer from those around them who may be infected. 

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Coronavirus: Non-medical masks now recommended for Canadians, officials say

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Coronavirus: Non-medical masks now recommended for Canadians, officials say

As many provinces across Canada begin to loosen public health restrictions and gradually open their economies, federal public health officials are now officially recommending that people wear non-medical masks to help protect others from the novel coronavirus in situations where physical distancing isn’t possible.

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Worry, Gratitude & Boredom: The COVID-19 Impact

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Worry, Gratitude & Boredom: The COVID-19 Impact

As COVID-19 affects mental, financial health, who fares better; who is worse?

According to Angus Reid Institute, half of Canadians (50%) report a worsening of their mental health, with one-in-ten (10% overall) saying it has worsened “a lot”.

Asked to describe how they have been primarily feeling in recent weeks, Canadians are most likely to say they’re worried, (44%), anxious (41%) and bored (30%), although fully one-third (34%) also say they are “grateful”.

The combination of deteriorating mental health and ongoing financial troubles at the household level creates a portrait of how the nation is faring through the crisis. 

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Air passengers will be required to wear non-medical masks starting April 20

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Air passengers will be required to wear non-medical masks starting April 20
Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced air passengers in Canada are now required to wear masks whenever they cannot physically maintain distance from others, or when directed to do so by a member of an airline staff or a public health official.

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