A June 2020 study revealed that New York and Italy prevented 66,000 (April 17 – May 9) and 78,000 (April 6 – May 9) COVID-19 infections respectively by making people wear face masks in public places.
Wearing non-medical masks as one preventative step can help protect everyone around us. You can save lives by getting into the habit of wearing a non-medical mask when you cannot consistently maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from others. Examples of when to wear a non-medical mask include:
- shopping areas
- public transportation
- public events (i.e. Farmer’s Market)
Let’s prevent the spread of COVID-19 now, before it’s too late, by:
- washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds;
- staying home when sick;
- maintaining a 2-metre physical distance from others; and
- wearing a non-medical mask in stores and other crowded places.
Non-medical masks should NOT be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance.