COVID-19 medical masks and respirators: Overview

Medical masks and respirators are essential during the COVID-19 outbreak. They help:

Medical masks (including surgical and procedure masks) and respirators (like N95 respirators) must be kept for:

Both masks and respirators need to be used with appropriate eye protection (for example, face shield or goggles) to achieve full protection of the eyes, nose and mouth.

There are a number of different types of masks and respirators. They each have a particular use in a particular setting. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) website provides:

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented demand for certain supplies, including medical masks and respirators. We are responding to this increased demand by:

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