Should I wear a mask to protect myself from COVID-19?

Public health agencies recommend that you wear a non-medical mask (for example, a homemade cloth mask or face covering) as an added step to protect others when physical distancing is challenging or not possible – even if you have no symptoms of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

But, remember that wearing a non-medical mask has not been proven to protect the person wearing it. It protects other people from your germs. Learn more about the guidance for wearing non-medical masks.


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For more information on self-isolation and self-assessment, visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

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This item was last modified on May 28, 2020




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