Should I be wearing a surgical 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.
- 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.
This information has been collated and adapted using information from the Australian Department of Health websites. Resources can be found here: