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.
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.
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.
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.