Ottawa – This advice is intended for the general public and is not intended for occupational health purposes, including health care settings.
The table compares different types of masks and respirators. Refer to it to help you decide which mask or respirator to choose. Some products are easier to find or purchase than others and costs can vary.
Respirators, medical masks and non-medical masks can all be used in the community. When deciding what type of mask to wear, choose the best quality and best fitting mask or respirator that’s available to you.
In general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators provide better protection. No matter which type of mask you choose, proper fit is a key factor in its effectiveness.
Don’t use masks or respirators with exhalation valves. They allow infectious respiratory particles to escape. They do not help prevent the spread of COVID-19.