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Is it better to wear a double mask or an N95? Infectious diseases specialist answers questions on COVID-19

The new COVID-19 variant Omicron has been a game changer in terms of how health-care professionals handle the pandemic. Omicron has spread quickly, leaving many people unsure about how to keep themselves and others safe. Regina infectious diseases specialist Dr. Alex Wong took some time to speak to The Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger and answer […]

Canada’s mask guidance has changed. Here’s why you might need an upgrade…

Your cloth mask may not be as protective as you’d like, especially as we head indoors. Now that the cold weather has hit and people are moving inside, many doctors and scientists are urging Canadians not only to resist getting complacent about wearing masks to protect against COVID-19 — but also to take a closer look at whether that […]

COVID-19 spreads through the air. Here’s what you can do about it this winter…

Layering protection of masks, ventilation and filtration can help fight airborne spread. Canadians looking for guidance on how to reduce their risk of COVID-19 indoors this winter may be feeling left out in the cold. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) now recommends opening windows to increase ventilation and using HEPA filters to clean indoor air, but it […]

Masks still key to fighting COVID-19 spread despite high vaccination, experts say

As provinces look at gradually lifting COVID-19 restrictions, masks should be among the last things to go, experts say, even with high vaccination rates. That’s Ontario’s current plan – while it’s subject to change, the province anticipates lifting mask mandates in March 2022, after other measures like capacity limits and proof-of-vaccination requirements are already gone. This is […]

‘Hurray’ for science, but this infectious diseases expert says there’s still a strong case for masks Social Sharing…

Newfoundland and Labrador has only just lifted its mask mandate, but public health officials are still strongly recommending wearing one. Some places, such as hospitals, long-term care homes and courthouses still require people to cover up, but many private businesses are giving customers an option. Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Lisa Barrett says one good reason to […]

Provinces won’t tighten indoor mask rules despite rising COVID-19 cases…

The CDC advised Americans on Tuesday to wear masks in public indoor settings, even if fully immunized, just two months after recommending that vaccinated people can avoid donning masks indoors, and only weeks after four Canadian provinces relaxed their own rules around mask wearing. The reversal by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was […]