Canada Exploring COVID-19 Drug, Cleaning Masks

06 Avril, 2020, 20:10 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Chief Public Health Officer says younger adults now becoming ill with COVID-19

Canada is looking into drugs that might treat COVID-19.

Dr. Theresa Tam, the top doctor at the Public Health Agency of Canada, said today that Canadians can use non-medical masks in tandem with social distancing measures to limit the transmission of the deadly virus when out grocery shopping or at a pharmacy.

And Tam says medical masks still need to be preserved for front-line health workers, so cloth masks and other alternatives are the way to go.

She says they continue to make adjustments on the lessons learned from other countries and adapt their responses accordingly.

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The recommendation represents an about-face for the public health officer - who until now has resisted the idea of non-health care professionals wearing masks.

For now, she said they are not likely to protect you from catching the virus, but they could offer some protection to those around you.

"Part of it is the science of the contamination, of what works, and the second part is we are looking at multiple entities in Canada that might be able to actually do this", Tam explained.

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