COVID or not, mask up if you’re symptomatic, Quebec public health director says – CBC

That may mean wearing a mask for a long time, but people have a collective responsibility: Dr. Luc Boileau

Nov 03, 2022

Quebec’s public health director is encouraging the population to take certain steps to prevent the spread of viral infections when more than just COVID-19 variants are circulating in the province and putting a strain on the health network.

Dr. Luc Boileau said during a news conference Thursday that people should stay home if they are sick — whether it’s a cold, the flu or COVID-19. They should not go to work, school or be out in public, he said.

If people feel better but still have symptoms like a sore throat, stuffy nose or a cough, they should wear a mask when out in public, he said. This applies to children in school, people at work and anybody out in the community, he said.

“If you have symptoms, wear a mask,” he said.

“It can last several days. It can last a long time. It can last a dozen days. But we wear a mask at this time to protect others.”

Boileau said people should avoid unnecessary activities, like going to the movies or out for dinner, when they have symptoms.

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