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UWinnipeg Mask and Test Kit Request

FAQ on Masks and Kits

When should I use a procedure mask?

A procedure mask will serve most people on campus in public areas when worn appropriately, covering the nose to chin without gapping. The mask is satisfactory to meet public health requirements and the University mask mandate. It is a three layer mask with the obverse (outer) and reverse (inner) layer made from non-woven fabric and the inner filtering layer made from melt-blown fabric. All masks meet minimum requirements set by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM-1)

When should I wear a medical mask?

A medical mask will serve people when worn appropriately, covering the nose to chin without gapping, who are required to be in contact with others in close quarters where physical distancing isn't possible and barriers are not available, especially for periods longer than 20 minutes at a time. The mask is satisfactory to meet public health requirements and the University mask mandate. It is a three layer mask with the obverse (outer) and reverse (inner) layer made from non-woven fabric and the inner filtering layer made from melt-blown fabric. All masks meet medical requirements set by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM-3)

When should I wear an N-95 Respirator/Mask?

An N-95 mask is designed to protect the wearer, when properly fitted, from known respirable non-oil hazards to a factor of 95% efficiency for particulate and droplets .3 microns and larger. If not fitted properly, the efficiency of the N-95 diminishes. Factors contributing to poor fit of an N-95 include facial hair and beards, facial disfigurements, or improper sizing. N-95s have been recommended during the pandemic, and are increasingly common in the workplace. They may be appropriate for those who have medical concerns and who are meeting with random people from the public.

When should I take a Rapid Antigen Test?

Rapid Antigen Tests work best when you have no symptoms but can also be used when you have symptoms. The purpose in taking a Rapid Test is to determine if you are infectious, even if you are asymptomatic. You can test prior to coming to campus or any other meeting where you may be concerned that you may transmit infection. Rapid tests are different from, and are not as accurate as PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, but are a useful tool in making decisions about when to avoid contact with large groups, or people who may be immunocompromised. For more information on the use of Rapid Antigen Testing click here (New Window)

The Safety Office can supply departments or individuals with a variety of face coverings or COVID Rapid Antigen Test Kits. Please use this form to request masks and/or test kits.