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Evolution of Canadian Policies and News on Face Masks in COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Research Area(s): Culture, Healthcare Delivery & Policy, Politics, Governance & Law, Social Impacts

Since the first incident of COVID-19 being reported at Wuhan, China in December 2019, the Asian countries have taken a very different approach toward the role face masks play in COVID-19 pandemic. Canada Health finally made a different announcement of the face mask guidelines on April 6th, 2020. This study is to describe the evolutionary processes of Canadian news and policies in the area of Face Masks and coronavirus from January through April.

understand how scientific perspective of "evidence to support wearing a face mask is mixed" can be understood or interpreted. How did Canadian News coverage on masks and coronavirus outbreak evolve over the past three and a half months (December 15, 2019 through April 7th, 2020)? How has Canada Health's position on face mask in prevention of COVID-19 evolved over time? How might the observations found in Canada be compared to Asian countries such as Taiwan, S. Korea, Japan and Singapore?

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Epistemology, scientific paradigm, political sequences in crisis across cultures