Airborne and Surface
Universal Masking should be part of everyday life, critical to protect you and others from a voice cloud that can travel up to 12 feet. Hence the 6 feet social distancing ‘standard’ is in reality not good enough.
What Level of Mask to Use
Who are we protecting?
Front line workers have a higher need for protection than those who are in the back office. The goal is to not bring Covid-19 home to loved ones. Regardless of age, it can hit all who are immuno-compromised and have a lung condition.
What is the risk?
Clinical settings, eating places, closed public places with events and high public traffic areas have a higher risk of exposure, Those who have a pre-existing condition (especially diabetes, heart disease and hypertension) should avoid these areas.
Budget and Availability?
PPE is the new add-on cost for protecting you, your family, colleagues and clients. Don’t become a hotspot and become a local spreader. People will become sick, your business can be shut down, and revenue can be lost forever.
“Cloth masks while easier to access, should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be better than no protection”
Types of Surgical Masks
We recommend that a basic mask means you purchase a Level 1 masks for day to day use. It should be replaced daily if you are out in public interacting with people.
High Filtration Masks
For those who need a higher level of filtration, and protection, we suggest you consider a N95 equivalent which is more readily available and priced more reasonably. The N95 is being stockpiled by healthcare institutions now for Wave 2 and 3.
Beyond the mask, the next level of defence is to prevent getting it from a surface to your face and breathing it into your lungs.
Health Canada Approved Disinfectants
Not all disinfectants have proven efficacy of killing the SARS-Cov2 virus on surfaces. Health Canada has an approved list of DIN (drug information number) products that have proven its efficacy.
Beyond alcohol-based sanitizers, disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks).
Stop the Spread
Cleaning frequently does kill germs and viruses.Make sure to use disinfectants that are scientifically proven to stop the spread of contamination, kill viral pathogens contagious germs, and micro-organisms from all types of surfaces.
Safe for Your Health
Health Canada has approved products for both its efficacy to kill the virus and also safe for materials, including fabrics, pets and plants too. Purchase what works best and least harmful to your health and damage fabrics and surfaces.