“This is something we have to get used to,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday.
Henry has weighed in on the use of masks several times and has been consistent in his message that if they do not protect the wearer, they can help the person wearing the mask to spread infected droplets to others.
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She was also consistent in her message that the best way to stop the virus is to maintain physical distance and good hand hygiene.
But with BC By reopening parts of his economy this week, Henry said the public will increasingly find themselves in situations where that distance cannot be maintained – such as on public transportation, small stores or in personal service companies where interaction is required.
In these cases, she said, masks can act as an “extra layer” against transmission.
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“Now that we know more about the virus, I think there are situations where it is important for us to cover our droplets, and transit is a classic example,” Henry said in his briefing on Thursday.
“In this sense, it is certainly something that people can consider, and we recommend in certain situations, for those short periods of time when you cannot control your distance. “
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Henry said that people who choose to wear masks should remember to wash them frequently.
She added that masks are more effective at containing droplets during close contact in indoor spaces and should not be needed outside and alone.
She also noted that many people cannot wear masks safely for a variety of reasons, and that people should be respectful of this.
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And Henry reiterated that measures such as staying home when sick, covering your mouth when you cough, and staying physically away are the most important ways to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier on Thursday, TransLink released its new pandemic service plans, which included the recommendation that passengers wear non-medical masks.
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On Wednesday, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, formally recommended the use of non-medical masks in situations where physical distance cannot be maintained.
Federal authorities had initially advised against wearing masks.
In April, they changed this position to say that people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 could wear non-medical masks in public as an “additional measure” to avoid spreading droplets, but did not present it. as an official recommendation.
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