COVID-19: Doctors say wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces helps prevent the spread of coronavirus


With masks becoming mandatory in many places inside Calgary on August 1, some doctors are now saying people should also wear them outdoors more often amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“When we find ourselves in CLOSED SPACES, SURPLUS SPACES or in Close CONTACT with people outside our social bubble, whether inside or outside, we need an extra layer of protection. wearing a non-medical mask or mask, ”Theresa Tam, Canada’s top doctor, tweeted Wednesday.

The Masks4Canada group, whose leadership includes many physicians, makes similar recommendations.

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“The problem is, on many sidewalks and trails you have to go through someone who is exercising and breathing heavily and who is not able to prevent these droplets from landing on you.” said Masks4Canada co-founder Dr. Christine Gibson. “So if you walk past people in outdoor areas less than six feet away, I recommend that you wear a mask.”

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Gibson also said people exercising in crowded outdoor areas should wear masks.

“I would recommend if you are doing a light exercise like a jog or a bike ride in a crowded space, absolutely you should mask yourself,” Gibson said. “Because when you breathe harder you end up [potentially] giving [the coronavirus] to people. “

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People with respiratory problems like asthma are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and Gibson said these people can help protect themselves by wearing a mask in crowded outdoor areas.

” And [medical staff] measure their oxygen level, it doesn’t drop when you wear a mask, ”Gibson said. “Your carbon dioxide does not build up inside the mask.”

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