Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) information on the use of surgical masks

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Publication date: 
9 February 2020
Last updated: 
17 February 2020
Publication type: 
Fact Sheet
Intended audience: 
General public

This information sheet includes:

  • should I wear a surgical mask? For:
    • the general public
    • suspected cases of coronavirus
    • confirmed cases of coronavirus
    • health care workers
    • pathology specimen collectors
    • airline passengers and staff
  • how do I get a surgical mask?
  • how can I help prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV?
  • where can I get more information?