Masks and gloves: An expert explains when and how to use them

Should you wear masks and gloves when you go out in public now? And if so, what kind and what are the guidelines for proper usage?

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Should you wear masks and gloves when you go out in public now? And if so, what kind and what are the guidelines for proper usage?

To answer these and more questions, Free Press columnist Dan Lett spoke with Dr. Denis Fortier, chief medical officer for Southern Health-Santé Sud and the chair of the Provincial Clinical Leadership Council.

Fortier noted that many Manitobans could be confused about what to wear on their faces and hands, when they should wear it and — perhaps most importantly — how to put these items on and take them off in a safe manner.

Health care professionals know that “doffing” personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the moments of greatest risk of infection.

 

 

Regardless of whether you are using a mask or gloves of any type, Fortier said that the best way that Manitobans can protect themselves from COVID-19 is to “wash your hands. It’s impossible to wash your hands too much.”

Lett and Fortier spoke for about 23 minutes on pandemic-related topics; click here to watch the full interview

dan.lett@freepress.mb.ca

Dan Lett

Dan Lett
Columnist

Born and raised in and around Toronto, Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school with a lifelong dream to be a newspaper reporter.

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