AMA (NSW) President: Time to make masks mandatory
- On December 31, 2020
Making masks mandatory is a simple measure that the NSW Government can take to reduce the risk of community transmission, said AMA (NSW) President, Dr Danielle McMullen.
“It’s encouraging to see so many NSW residents already wearing masks when they are shopping or at indoor venues. However, the best way to encourage compliance is to make masks mandatory,” said AMA (NSW) President, Dr Danielle McMullen.
“Making masks mandatory sends a strong signal to the community about the importance of wearing masks to reduce the spread of the virus – particularly indoors where ventilation may be poor and respiratory aerosols, which carry the virus, are greater.
“Being outdoors is safer, but there is still risk of person-to-person spread if physical distancing is not possible.
“We are teetering on the brink of an explosion of COVID-19 in NSW. We need to employ every defence we have against this and we need to do it now if we want to avoid a harsh lockdown later.
“Wearing a mask does not provide 100% protection. Practicing good hand hygiene, physical distancing and following the NSW Government’s public health orders on limits of visitors into your home and other advice are also important measures,” Dr McMullen said.
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