The notion that wildfire smoke is ‘natural,’ and therefore less harmful than other types of air pollution, is not supported by the evidence. Wildfire smoke has been linked to adverse health effects.
An updated Cochrane Review suggests face masks don’t reduce the spread of COVID in the community. But there are several reasons why this conclusion is misleading.
They’ve stopped short of mandates, but authorities and experts are strongly suggesting it’s time to cover our mouths and noses again to prevent COVID infection. This time, reach for a respirator.
The CDC’s controversial recommendation changes are based on new studies showing that most omicron transmission takes place within five days of the onset of illness.
If you’re thinking of upgrading from a cloth or surgical mask to a respirator, here’s what you need to know.
Both affect the lungs. Both can have serious health consequences in vulnerable populations. Both can have long-term health consequences.
Just because we’re in a period of social change, doesn’t mean we have to lose momentum on sustainability. There are six things we can do right now to offset our daily waste from disposable masks.
The airborne nature of COVID supports routine use of respirators by the public. Here, experts explain the science behind this recommendation.
Here are some practical tips to keep you comfortable while helping you stay safe.
Wildfire smoke is both inevitable and largely unpredictable. We need to change our activities and behaviours to limit exposure to wildfire smoke and protect health.
When not properly fitted, high-filtration masks offer only a little bit more protection than cloth or surgical ones.
Whether it’s health-care workers, kids in school or people running errands, Canadians need face masks during COVID-19. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be made here at home.
Ontario health-care workers confidentially reported feeling sacrificed on the job and needing protection from COVID-19 and other risky working conditions in a recent study.
Heavier duty fabrics filter more particles – and layering and moisture make a difference too.
From a purely environmental perspective, owning multiple reusable face masks, and machine-washing them together, is the best option.
How one of the most effective face masks could be putting others at risk.
The do’s and don’t of wearing a mask.
One way that farms can handle shortages of protective gear for workers is by switching to less-toxic pest control methods.
Shortages of face masks may grow worse as state-wide lockdowns end. An economist suggests price controls.
At-home mask makers should carefully consider fit and fabric variables when designing face coverings to help prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2.