The cloth masks we have been using may not be as protective as you’d like, especially as the cold weather hits. As we enter the holiday season, cold weather has got people moving inside. Many doctors and scientists are urging people to take a closer look at whether your cloth mask is keeping you safe.
On its webpage, the Public Health Agency of Canada states “in general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators provide better protections,” The website recommends medical masks for people “who are at more risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19 and those at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their living situation.”
Respirators such as N-95 and KN-95 masks are considered to provide the highest level of mask protection. Those masks were previously only recommended only for healthcare workers coming into direct contact with infectious patients.
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