Dr. Tam issues warning over non-medical mask use in humid weather

"Don't judge people not wearing a mask"

As she urged Canadians to stay home, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer also sent out a warning Thursday about wearing non-medical masks during humid weather.

Dr. Theresa Tam also asked Canadians not to judge anyone not wearing a mask out in public.

She said in high heat and humidity, wearing a mask can make breathing difficult.

“When outdoors, physical distancing is best…reserve non-medical mask for use indoors, for short periods of time when physical distancing cannot be maintained.”

Canada’s top doctor also said non-medical masks or cloth face coverings are not for everyone.

“Don’t judge people not wearing a mask. Some people have trouble breathing and should not be wearing masks,” Tam said. “We have to be understanding that for some, wearing a mask is not possible.”

Tam said non-medical masks should not be used on children under the age of two, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove it on their own.

  • 87,902 cases of COVID-19 in Canada
  • 6,799 COVID-19 related deaths
  • 46,478 recoveries 53% of all cases
  • 1.5 million tests have been conducted, 5% were positive

Tam asked about a possible NHL host city

The NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan Tuesday that would feature 24 teams if the league is able to resume.

Toronto, Columbus, Edmonton and Las Vegas are being floated around as host cities, however, Canada has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the country.

Deputy NHL Commissioner Bill Daly called that “a non-starter.”

Dr. Tam said there is a special advisory public health committee currently talking about this but added the NHL has not directly reached out to her.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney penned a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, encouraging the federal government to deem professional athletes and team staff as essential workers, allowing them to avoid the mandatory quarantine. U.S. officials announced a similar measure last week.


Trudeau to speak with premiers about LTC homes

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to speak with premiers tonight regarding long-term care. The talks follow two scathing military reports on Ontario and Quebec nursing homes.

Trudeau was on a call today at a major United Nations meeting. Canada, Norway and Ireland are competing for one of two non-permanent seats opening on the UN Security Council. Trudeau spoke about global co-operation during his call.

“Our citizens need to have confidence in international institutions that leave no one behind and are capable of overcoming global challenges,” Trudeau said.