Should I be wearing a surgical mask?

 
Who should wear a surgical mask?
Do I need to wear a mask outside?
When should I wear a mask if I'm self-isolating?
Do I need to wear a mask at home?
Where can I get a mask?
Who should wear a surgical mask?

Most people don’t need to wear a surgical mask. If you are sick you should wear a mask so that you don’t cough on others, and healthcare workers who have frequent contact with sick people need to wear masks.

Do I need to wear a mask when I go outside? 

Masks generally only help to prevent someone who has corona virus from giving to others. If you are well, you don’t need to wear a mask.  There isn’t a lot of evidence that says that if a lot of people wear masks it will reduce people spreading the virus. 

When should I wear a mask if I'm self-isolating?

If you are self-isolating and need to leave the house you should wear a mask. 
 

This applies:


- If you have COVID-19


- If you are unwell but don’t know if it is COVID-19


- And, if you have been told to self-isolate because you are suspected to have COVID-19, have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or have returned from overseas. For more information about self-isolation click here


If you are self-isolating, when you leave the house you need to wear a mask.  
You wear the mask: 


- If you will be in public areas

 
- If you are visiting a medical facility – GP, hospital


- You have symptoms (coughing, sneezing) and there are people in the same room as you. 
 

After you have used your mask, remember to put it in a plastic bag and then the bin so no-one can touch it.

 

Do I need to wear a mask at home?

If you have COVID-19 or symptoms you need to wear the mask when other people are in the same room as you. If you are caring for someone who has COVID-19 or symptoms, you need to wear a mask to protect yourself. 

Where can I get a mask?

If you think that you need a surgical mask, contact your GP or a hospital and they can give you further information about surgical masks. 

This information has been collated and adapted using information from the Australian Department of Health websites. Resources can be found here: 


https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing