During this pandemic, masks are in high demand. However, you might not always be getting the product or the protection you think you are. N95 masks in Canada aren't always the real deal and Health Canada has a warning for people about how the fakes could be dangerous.\nIn an advisory put out by the government agency, Canadians are being warned to not buy N95 masks that are fraudulent and unauthorized.\nThere have been reports of fake respirators that falsely claim to protect against COVID-19 being sold online and in some stores.\nThey don't meet performance measures and because of that, they might not properly protect you from the virus.\nAcross the country, N95s are regulated by Health Canada and it's illegal to sell or advertise any health products that make false or even misleading claims.\nThey're also certified by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).\nNIOSH-certified N95 respirators are meant to fit closely to the face when worn properly to reduce the risk of inhaling hazardous particles.\nThe N95 designation is given to those that block at least 95% of very small particles when carefully tested.\nWith fake masks, you might believe you're getting that same coverage but you're not.\nYou can check your respirator to see if it's NIOSH-certified and if it's fraudulent or unauthorized, Health Canada advises you to stop using it.\nView this post on Instagram I miss connecting with patients 👩🏻⚕️ The Emergency Department is a scary place. Imagine it alone, with the inability to see anyone’s facial expressions. I am grateful to have appropriate PPE to keep me safe (more than what I’m wearing in this photo), but I can’t help feeling a little bummed out at work lately. My ability to connect with patients has been greatly affected. I’ve noticed that we still have our usual flow coming in- patients with heart failure, renal disease, cancer, etc and their care is impacted in so many ways, by the #coronavirus We have to stop and think twice before entering a room, even if a patient is crashing. We have to protect ourselves first, and consider the fact that any patient could have COVID-19. So we don our PPE as fast as we can, and get to the bedside. Sometimes we are the last people to touch the patient, and comfort the patient. It breaks my heart to see a patient decompensate before speaking with or seeing their family. I’ve learned new ways to communicate, since I can’t show anyone my smile. New ways to comfort, new ways to break bad news. It sucks. For everyone. I totally underestimated how much a simple smile and facial expressions make a difference in our patients’ lives. I know we are ALL strong because I’ve seen it in my colleagues, in my patients, and in the general population. And we will get through this. But in the meantime, remember to send smiles to all of those you love when you can 😬 send a text, FaceTime, zoom, Snapchat, Tik Tok video- whatever you’re cup of tea is! Send a smile NOW! Do other healthcare providers feel me? Who are you sending smiles to, today? A post shared by Cassie Majestic, MD (@dr.majestic_md) on Apr 11, 2020 at 11:25am PDT\nIf you're concerned about whether or not you have a real N95 mask, you can confirm that it's been certified by entering its approval number in the NIOSH database.\nHealth Canada recommends reviewing the product's packaging to make sure it has the right markings and details.\nThose include testing and certification approval number, the name of the manufacturer, the NIOSH name or logo, the model number and the filter efficiency (N95).\nView this post on Instagram When you haven’t been into your Burning Man tools bin since 2018, and you find one of the most coveted items of 2020. One of the many lessons I’ve learned from my five burns...be prepared for anything. Radical Self Reliance! )’( ❤️. #burningman #selfreliance #n95facemask #ionlyhaveone A post shared by ⚡️✨Betheny 💤olt✨⚡️ (@bethenyzolt) on Apr 2, 2020 at 8:22am PDT\nYou can also report any potential false or misleading advertising or the sale of unauthorized products to Health Canada.\nThe government agency is also monitoring websites to find false claims or unauthorized products.\nA Canadian Tire store in Ontario came under fire in February for selling masks that were mislabeled as N95.\nU.S. President Donald Trump previously wanted a manufacturer of those respirators to stop exporting them to Canada which Justin Trudeau called "a mistake."\nThe mayor of Windsor, Ontario even compared Trump wanting to keep them in America to people hoarding toilet paper.\nHowever, a deal was eventually made to continue exporting them to Canada.