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Canada/Canadian-Media: Despite slowing down of new COVID-19 infections in Canada, the presence of a new variant of the coronavirus known as B117, reportedly more deadly as well as 56 percent more transmissible than the original coronavirus strain requires the masks used in Canada to be upgraded for additional protection, Canada's health experts say.
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Canadian health officials are concerned that the new strain might already be responsible for a devastating outbreak in a long-term care home.
Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton said that a three-layer non-medical mask is a minimum standard and added that Canadians should opt for better masks, wherever possible, including surgical masks, which are a step below N95 or KN95 masks, reported by CBC News.
Canadians are also advised by Canada's health experts to ensure that the masks worn by them fit tightly on their faces.
Erin Bromage, a biology professor and immunologist at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, said double-masking is more effective as it keeps the mask snug against your skin, reported by CBC News.
Due to the occurrence of cases of outdoor transmission of COVID-19 in Canada, experts are asking everyone to start wearing masks outdoors, especially if you’re not able to maintain physical distance.