Ontario urges public to wear a mask amid paediatric health crisis

Ontario’s medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, is urging Ontarians to mask up in indoor public spaces amid intense pressures on the province’s healthcare system, particularly paediatric care.

Dr. Moore’s “strong recommendation” for masks for all Ontarians comes as COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza all circulate at high levels simultaneously.

“What we are facing is a triple threat that requires our collective action to protect the most vulnerable in our communities: the very young, the very old, and those with underlying medical conditions,” said Dr. Moore at a press conference Monday morning.

Ontario public health is urging all residents to adhere to the measures that have been effective throughout this pandemic.

These include staying home if you feel unwell; practising good hand hygiene; getting your flu shot and COVID-19 booster as soon as possible; and wearing a high-quality mask like an N95 or KN95 in indoor public spaces such as shopping, workplaces, public transit, schools, medical facilities, and entertainment venues.

While masks have been strongly recommended, Dr. Moore is currently stopping short of a formal mask mandate, but indicates that the option is still on the table.

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