“If you want to wear a mask, to prevent being infected or infecting others, make sure that you wear it properly, firmly over the mouth, nose and chin. Wear them when you are in crowded places or around infectious people, change them regularly, and most importantly practice proper hygiene practices.” -Kelly Lee, SFU Health Sciences Professor
The World Health Organization hasn’t labelled the outbreak as a public health emergency yet. Tam said that there is no need for Canadians to panic and that they are not recommending anyone wear a mask when going about their regular daily activities.
“There is one specific scenario where you may want to put a mask on and that is for someone who is actually sick. For example, as you are entering the health system.” -Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer
The fast spreading virus has killed 17 people and infected over 600. Several cities in China have been put into lockdown ahead of the Lunar New Year.
Canada recently added extra precautions to its international airports. Those experiencing flu like symptoms will be redirected for extra screening.