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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks and coverings have become a necessary accessory. We all carry them around in our purses or back pockets, and are required to wear them in most indoor spaces. Despite becoming a part of our everyday lives, there are still a few misconceptions about them, misconceptions that we would like to clear up. Keep reading to discover the do’s and don'ts of face masks in 2021.
Since November, the Public Health Agency of Canada has been officially recommending that all Canadians wear a face mask with at least three layers. The masks do not have to be medical masks, they can be homemade or reusable, however, they should include two outer layers of tightly woven fabric, such as cotton, in addition to one middle layer that acts as a filter. This filter layer can be anything from a facial tissue to a non-woven polypropylene fabric, and should be changed out regularly.
Face masks or coverings have been mandatory in indoor public spaces for quite some time. However, now, provincial and federal authorities across Canada are also urging all residents to wear face masks when they are outdoors and cannot maintain a distance of six feet from those outside of their household. It is important for people to know that while the risk of transmission is lower outdoors, there is still a risk, which means masks should be worn whenever physical distancing isn’t possible.
If you opted for a reusable mask rather than a disposable one, then washing it regularly is a must. Reusable face masks should be washed in the washing machine and should be washed daily, especially when worn for longer periods of time.
While distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is underway in Canada, the pandemic is far from over. That is why it’s of the utmost importance that Canadians stay vigilant and continue practicing proper face mask etiquette. In order to keep yourself and those you live with safe, learning basic first aid can help. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.