Canada’s top doctor encourages wearing masks as hospitals struggle with virus surges – CBC

Up to provincial authorities to decide about mask mandates, Tam says

Nov 10, 2022

Canada’s top public health doctor says wearing masks in addition to other precautions could make it easier for hospitals to cope with a surge of respiratory viruses.

Some doctors, scientists and hospital officials in Ontario and Manitoba have asked public health officials to bring back mask mandates as hospitals are overwhelmed by cases of flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus or RSV.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said using masks is a layer of protection against the spread of respiratory viruses.

“If it’s added to the other layers of protection, including vaccination, then it might actually make a difference in terms of dampening the surge so that the hospitals can cope just a little bit better,” Tam said in a news conference Thursday.

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