Face Masks in Victoria

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Recently the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) made the recommendation to everyone in Stage 3 Restriction areas to consider wearing a mask in public when they are not able to socially distance.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer has also advised that any health professional in the hot spot areas of Metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell are to use a surgical mask for any procedure/treatment where they unable to maintain a safe physical distance. So from now on, all practitioners at The Osteo Collective will be wearing a mask.

Should I be wearing a mask?

At this stage, DHHS is only recommending wearing a mask if you are unable to socially distance in public. Give the current Stage 3 restrictions, for most people this will be when you are going to do essential shopping for supplies or care giving/receiving.

Surgical or Reusable Mask?

We’ve seen lots of masks available for sale. Some are quite expensive for the type of masks that they are, and we’ve noticed that not all comply with DHHS advice. DHHS suggests that you follow their instructions on masks – they recommend a 3 layered mask. View all of the DHHS recommendations on face masks here.
Our practitioners are wearing level 2 surgical masks while treating patients. When I’m not at the clinic, and I need to wewar a mask (like when I go grocery shopping), I have purchased reusable masks to use.

Where to buy Reusable Masks

My wife did some research on this and found that while lots of places are advertising masks, not all are of a high standard. We were happy to find that The Social Studio, a Melbourne fashion-based not-for-profit social enterprise are manufacturing masks to comply with the advice on mask production from DHHS. We’ve ordered a few for our family to use. They sell out quickly, but their online store is restocked daily.

What is the advice from DHHS on homemade masks?

Masks should be 3 layers, each of a particular fabric to fulfil its purpose in preventing virus molecules from penetrating. The outer layer should be a water-resistant fabric (polyester/polypropylene), the middle layer should be a fabric blend (cotton polyester blend/polypropylene) and the inner layer should be water-absorbing fabric (cotton).

You can download a pdf instruction sheet for homemade masks from the DHHS here.

Written By Scott Toniazzo

July 15, 2020

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