face masks

Kristiina Lahde, Technician, Collections Global Fashion and Textiles, Art and Culture (Photograph by Naomi Harris)

Royal Ontario Museum immortalizes face masks

A new exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum displays dozens of masks from around the world—testaments to human ingenuity in the face of crisis
Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden wears two masks as he arrives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 13, 2020. - Joe Biden headed for Florida on Tuesday to court elderly Americans who helped elect Donald Trump four years ago but appear to be swinging to the Democratic candidate for the White House this time around amid the coronavirus pandemic. Biden, at 77 the oldest Democratic nominee ever, is to "deliver his vision for older Americans" at an event in the city of Pembroke Pines, north of Miami, his campaign said. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Should I be wearing two masks?

With the arrival of new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 in Canada, experts are recommending an upgrade in the quality—and quantity—of our face coverings
A woman holding a cell phone stands near a vandalized sign reminding Torontonians to wear face coverings in public when it’s hard to maintain distance on Aug. 5, 2020. (Rachel Verbin/CP)

Want to make better public-health citizens? Give people what feels good, now.

Mark Kingwell: The U.S. seems to lack the will to beat COVID-19, indulging instead in a ’cult of selfishness’ that means the country fails the marshmallow test. But research states we’ll all fail the test sooner or later.
People wear face masks on a street in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/CP)

How going maskless became socially unacceptable

For many Canadians, a non-religious face-covering used to signal danger or shame. Now going without one does.
US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland' on July 11, 2020. (Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

The look on Donald Trump’s face when he’s been proven wrong

Image of the Week: Either the U.S. president succumbed to weeks of expert consensus on masks, or he had an attack of common sense. Which is more likely?
“Everybody is being way more cautious. PPE is being worn all the time. Our surgeries are taking longer because we’re protecting our patients and protecting ourselves, which means we’re doing fewer surgeries during the day.” —Robynne Peters, 46, registered nurse, operating room

Portraits of B.C.’s frontline health care workers as the province flattened the curve

These are the faces of workers in Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, who balanced hazardous jobs with anxious and, in some cases, lonely lives away from the hospital
A man wears a protective face mask as he walks past a portrait of Dr. Theresa Tam on a boarded up shop in downtown Vancouver, B.C. on Apr. 1, 2020. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Why Theresa Tam changed her stance on masks

Inderveer Mahal: The goal with a pandemic isn’t to remain consistent; it’s to respond to new information. We Canadians need to allow our experts to be fluid with their recommendations.
Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill to attend a sitting of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dave Chan/AFP/Getty Images)

A bit of Trudeau coverage we can all appreciate

Image of the Week: The PM takes the word of Canada’s top public health official to heart—and puts it into action
A discarded surgical mask is seen on the sidewalk in downtown Vancouver on Apr. 20, 2020. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

The history of our cultural resistance against masks

Sadiya Ansari: In North America, instead of seeing masks as a form of communal protection, they evoke panic
A mural in Vancouver shows author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves's Little Miss Sunshine character wearing a face mask (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The case for mandatory mask-wearing in Canada

Opinion: Countries that adopted universal masking saw their mortality rates go down within a couple of weeks. That should be all the proof we need.