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How do you face COVID-19 variants? By upping your mask game

Dr. Lisa Barrett shares her pro tips for taking your mask game from a C or a D to an A+ After a year of the new normal, most people have gotten used to the basics: social distancing, hand washing and wearing a cloth mask. But now that a more transmissible variant of the COVID-19 […]

Should I wear a mask outdoors?…


Should I be wearing a mask outdoors? It depends on the circumstances. Federal public health officials recommend wearing a non-medical mask or face covering when: You’re in public and you might come into close contact with others. You’re in shared indoor spaces with people from outside your immediate household. Advised by your local public health authority. So […]

Q and A: Toronto Public Health’s latest advice on masks…

The issue of whether to wear a face mask to protect against COVID-19 has come a long way since the virus first took hold in Toronto in March. Official advice moved from “you don’t really need a mask unless you have COVID-19, save them for front-line medical workers” to “please wear a mask in enclosed public spaces,” […]

Why you might want to start wearing better masks — even outdoors…

The spread of more contagious coronavirus variants in Canada amid already high levels of COVID-19 makes it a critical time to think about the masks we wear. Whether that means finding better quality masks, doubling up on masks, or wearing them in settings we wouldn’t normally think to, experts say it’s time we step up […]

Wear masks outside ‘as much as possible’ says Ottawa Public Health…

As Ottawa’s COVID-19 infection rate continues to climb, the city’s medical officer of health is strongly suggesting residents wear masks outdoors at all times. Dr. Vera Etches told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Wednesday the risk of community spread is higher than ever, and said people should wear masks outside their homes whenever they can. “People should wear masks when […]

Wear a face mask at holiday gatherings even if it’s ‘awkward,’ WHO says…

The World Health Organization is urging people to wear face masks and social distance this holiday season amid the novel coronavirus pandemic even if it feels “awkward” to do so. In a statement released Wednesday, WHO Europe offered advice on how to navigate the holiday season as safely as possible while the virus continues to spread. “It may feel awkward to […]

Once someone is vaccinated, do they still have to wear a mask? Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered…

Now that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in Canada and the first shots are set to be given, lots of you have questions about vaccines: If I’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19, should I still get vaccinated? Is the vaccine safe for pregnant women, children and people who are immunocompromised? Where can I find the ingredients list? Can I choose […]

This is why you will still need to wear a mask after being vaccinated…..

Because the leading vaccine makers don’t know yet if their vaccines will prevent transmission of the virus, infectious disease specialists said it’s important for people to continue to wear face masks and follow public health advice even after they’ve been immunized. Dr. Rob Kozak, a clinical microbiologist at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto who helped isolate […]