Wearing a mask can help keep you and your neighbours healthy

 

The World Health Organization, Health Canada, and the Center for Disease Control have all concluded that masks, along with social distancing whenever possible and practicing good hand washing, are essential to reducing the transmission of Covid-19. Manitoba now requires masks in all public places.

OGHC encourages all residents, adults, and school-aged children (those who wear a mask at school), as well as carers, and visitors, to wear a mask when in the common spaces of the Coop. This includes the laundry room, library, main floor Common room, second and third-floor seating areas, the lobby (especially near the mailbox area), and hallways.

Wear it correctly, take it off correctly, dispose of it correctly. Please remember to toss them in your garbage in your suite – not in our common use garbage, recycling, or wastebaskets.

Wearing a mask can help keep you and your neighbours healthy. Thank you for your support in helping us all to live well together.

Let’s talk about the reasons why people don’t like to wear a mask….

It hurt my ears – we suggest that you get one with ties, not loops – and maybe consider ear savers or explore soft ties.

I can’t breathe well – A mask can feel uncomfortable, even hot. Face brackets are a new idea that can help increase the breathing space within your mask. This silicone inner frame creates more breathing space around your nose and mouth. You can learn about them here

This is what one user of the face bracket reports:

I have found that a face mask “bracket” makes wearing a mask a bit more pleasant—especially if you’re wearing one for an extended time. It keeps the cloth slightly away from your nose and mouth while making a seal around them. It seems to help your voice travel a bit better and helps stop glasses from fogging up. It works for me! Bonnie Thiessen

  • It feels weird walking around in a mask– and it does, at first. Getting used to wearing a mask takes a bit of practice. Make it a regular habit and eventually, it will feel weird without one.
  • I’m just going to the …. laundry room, mailbox, recycling area, my storage locker – we know it’s fussy to have to grab a mask just in case one of your neighbours is in the same space as you. However, one sneeze or one cough could expose you or your neighbor to a serious illness.
  • It itches, breaks out my skin, messes up my makeup – yes, a mask can do all these things. Keeping your mask clean helps to reduce skin issues and developing ‘maskne’– also consider switching up your skincare routine a bit – fragrance-free products, and good moisturizers can all help to keep skin clear.
  • I’m not sick – sadly, the incubation period for Covid19 is long and someone can be contagious with no symptoms, or with very mild symptoms that can be mistaken for allergies or a cold. Also, masks are shown to reduce transmission from someone else who might be sick and might make you sick.

Wear it correctly, take it off correctly, wash it in hot water (the sink with dish soap is fine), hang it in your shower or tub to dry overnight. Better yet – if you can have two – one clean and ready to go, and one drying.

You can keep a small paper bag in your pack, pocket, or purse to safely store your bag when you’re not wearing it but will need to put it back on during the day. Remember to avoid touching the mouth area of the mask when you handle it. Use hand sanitizer before and after touching your mask. Use the straps or edges to adjust it as needed. Having a routine helps. Keep a mask near your keys or door, so you don’t forget it.

Where can I get a mask?

Disposable masks are available online and from local drug stores. Please remember to toss them in your garbage in your suite – not in our common use garbage, recycling, or wastebaskets.

Make one – here are links to sewing and non sew masks from household materials, old T-shirt – great reuse, and repurpose ideas. Make sure it has at least two layers.

Buy one – some of us have purchased from Lite Winnipeg. Masks are made by The Cutting Edge and can be ordered online via this website. Lite is a local non-profit agency that has a focus on creating community employment and economic opportunity

Local stores have masks – we suggest that you call first to check on supply.

  • Organic Planet: 204-772-8771
  • Prairie Sky Books: 204-774-6152
  • Shoppers Drugs: 204-775-5008
  • Food Fare: 204-987-8849

The Unexpected Gift, owned by Tara Torchia who lives in the OGHC Townhouses, has two-layer cotton masks for sale. Her business is located on the South Osborne, and delivery is available. Call  204-832-4438.

Wearing a mask can help keep you and your neighbours healthy. Thank you for your support in helping us all to live well together.

This material was prepared by Susan Titterington for The Wellness Group – OGHC

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