Government of Canada recommends use of 3-layer mask

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In order to prevent COVID-19 spread, the Government of Canada is now recommending the use of 3 layer masks. Many disposable masks already have 3 layers, generally with a polypropylene filter. This new recommendation mainly applies to homemade masks! Homemade masks should: be made of at least 3 layers include 2 layers of a tightly woven fabric, such as cotton or linen …

Calgary Extends Mandatory Mask Bylaw

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The City of Calgary has announced on September 15 that the mandatory mask rules for all indoor public spaces will remain in effect for at least the majority of the fall unless there is significant progress in the ongoing global effort to curb COVID-19.  On Monday evening, the City Council voted 11-3 in favour of extending the temporary face coverings …

Vending Machines Selling Masks and Hand Sanitizer

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Have you ever left home, walked all the way to a CTrain or bus station then realized you left your face mask or hand sanitizer at home? Here’s some good news — Personal protective equipment (PPE) will become more available in vending machines in public spaces across Canada! Klear Vending, a company based in Toronto has already set up four …

What Masks to Wear When Flying During COVID-19

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What kind of mask should you wear while flying during COVID-19? The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following: People 60 years or over or those who have serious chronic illnesses or underlying health conditions should wear a medical mask when traveling. Medical masks provide greater protection from others who may have the virus. People who are healthy and have …

Effectiveness of Different Masks at Stopping COVID-19 Droplets

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It’s not always true to say that any mask or facing covering is better than nothing. A recent study done by a group of researchers at Duke University analyzed the effectiveness of different types of face masks. The study suggests that: N95 masks (fitted, without valves) are the most effective at stopping COVID-19 droplets; Three-layer surgical masks and homemade cotton …

How to care & clean fabric masks

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The City of Calgary now requires mandatory masks in indoor public spaces. Fabric masks/face coverings can be used in this instance but still need to be cleaned. Cloth masks or face coverings should be changed and cleaned if they become damp or soiled. You can wash your cloth mask by: putting it directly into the washing machine, using a hot …