Canada provides mixed reaction to Dr. Theresa Tam's recommendation to wear masks

Arun Srinivasan
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference Tuesday May 19, 2020 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, made the recommendation Wednesday that all Canadians should wear a non-medical mask when they cannot maintain a two-metre physical distance from others.

After two months of adjusting to the novel circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, some Canadians realized they’d have to make another adaptation to their daily lives.

“Although we don’t fully understand their role in transmission, it is an added layer of protection,” Dr. Tam said.

It’s difficult to expect a uniform response across the country to the suggestion and as expected, there was a wide range of reactions to Tam’s recommendation, from the good, to the bad, to the WTF!

Whether it’s genuine fear or concern trolling, some believe that Tam’s recommendation is too little, too late.

For others, the politicization of the pandemic is an inevitable, if tired, strategy.

Former Calgary Flames star Theo Fleury, who posted over a point-per-game throughout his NHL career, had a meltdown, although it appeared to be directed at the Liberal Party’s containment strategy at-large.

Of course, we have to entertain the rise of pseudoscience.

Not all the sentiments were full of doom, gloom and derangement, as some Canadians welcomed Tam’s recommendation.

Whether you agree, disagree or are indifferent to Tam’s recommendations, masks are quickly becoming a regular component of every day life, especially if we want to enjoy the luxuries that we used to in the Before Times.

Here’s to hoping that Canadians quickly get on board and put their past disagreements, pseudoscience and other inclinations aside.