With Calgary approving a mandatory mask bylaw and Edmonton deciding on whether or not to follow suit, we decided now would be as good a time as any to review the Province of Alberta’s guide on how to properly wear a non-medical mask.
According to their website, non-medical masks can prevent the wearer from spreading the virus, as people can unknowingly have and spread COVID-19 without presenting any symptoms.
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The province recommends using a mask whenever it’s difficult to maintain two metres of separation for prolonged periods of time, such as at indoor public buildings and on public transit.
Here’s what you should do to properly wear a non-medical mask:
- Wash or sanitize your hands whenever handling the mask
- Tighten to reduce gaps
- Keep your mouth, nose, and chin covered
- remove if wet, dirty, or torn
- store in a sealed bag until it can be washed
The province also warned to avoid doing any of the following:
- Touching your face under the mask
- Touching the front of the mask
- Wearing it under your nose or chin
- Wearing a wet, dirty, or torn mask
- Wearing the same mask for a long time
- Sharing with another person
Proper care for non-medical masks includes storing it in a sealed and clean storage bag that is then placed in a dry area, putting it directly into the washing machine or in a bag that can be emptied into a washing machine, launder on a hot cycle, dry thoroughly, and inspect regularly for damage.
Those hoping to make their own masks at home can follow Health Canada’s instructions, and anyone in the market for a mask should make sure that it has multiple layers of fabric, fits securely against their face, allows for clear breathing, and can be laundered.