Q&A about face masks. Duration:4:20
COVID-19 spreads rapidly and easily. It is possible for you to spread the virus to your friends, loved ones or the UNSW community even if you do not have any symptoms. The devastating outcome of this can be seen in the mounting death toll and ongoing health implications of those infected with disease both here in Australia (Victoria) and around the world.
To limit the impact the Health Service strongly recommends you where a mask if you are sick or unwell, when indoors with others or whenever physical distancing is difficult. We also recommend making or purchasing a number of cloth masks as mask wearing will be the norm for a long time to come.
NSW Health strongly recommends wearing a face mask when:
- It is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
- Using public transport
- visiting busy crowded areas e.g. supermarkets, shopping centres, places of worship,
- In indoor venues with a higher risk of transmission, where practical
- If working in cafes, restaurants pubs and clubs and other venues with a higher risk of transmission.
- In hotspots i.e. areas of high community transmission
- When entering any Health Care facility
- When visiting a vulnerable person (this may be an elderly relative or some one you are caring for)
People in higher-risk groups are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all social circumstances.
It's important to remember that the use of face masks is not a replacement for other preventive measures, for example; physical distancing, covering your cough's, careful hand washing for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching the face, nose, eyes and mouth.
NSW Health has information on masks and how to make a mask. Information is also available in other languages. A template design for a different designs with varying sizes can also found here.
When wearing a mask it's important to learn how to put them on and take them off correctly.
Centura health: the do's and don'ts of wearing masks and gloves. Duration:5:57
For text/photo based information on how to wear a mask correctly without infecting yourself, check out this link. This information is available in English and many other languages.