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Health Canada Doesn't Want You Using These Face Masks Because Of Potential Risks

An advisory was just issued about face masks with certain labels on them.

Health Canada issued an advisory on Friday about potential health risks associated with a certain type of face mask material. 

The warning is for face masks "labelled as containing graphene or biomass graphene," due to the possible risk of inhaling these particles. 

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The health authority describes graphene as a nanomaterial that is "reported to have antiviral and antibacterial properties."

Their initial assessment of the available research found that graphene "had some potential to cause early lung toxicity in animals," but the risk to humans is not yet clear. 

While Health Canada completes its safety assessment, graphene-containing masks are being recalled and will no longer be distributed or sold — the public is being asked to avoid using these masks and to consult their health care provider about any health concerns.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the latest province to bring back mandatory masks as new cases of COVID-19 continue to emerge in the province.

Starting on Saturday, September 18, you'll need to wear a mask in places such as restaurants, public transit, retail businesses, places of worship and funeral homes, among other areas, according to a press conference from the provincial government.

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Here's Where You Can Spend Those Remaining Dollars In Your Wellness Fund This Year

Put it towards sports gear, fitness trackers, yoga classes and more.

Narcity may receive a small commission if you purchase something we recommend in this article, which was created by the Narcity Shop team. Items are in stock and prices are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

If you work at a company that offers an annual wellness fund, then you should seriously take advantage of it. Usually, you can use it for a gym membership or exercise equipment. Sometimes, you can even use it on things like supplements, fitness trackers or even shoes.

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Alberta Is 'Getting Closer' To Reopening But COVID-19 Numbers Are Still Too High

We still have the same number of active cases as we did in mid-January.

On Tuesday, May 25, Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an Alberta COVID-19 update. During her announcement, she shared that there have been 387 new cases over the past 24 hours.

She said that 565 Albertans are currently in the hospital with COVID-19, 185 of whom are in intensive care. She also reported nine new deaths within the last day.

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Alberta Just Confirmed Its First Case Of The Variant Strain That's Surging Through India

Dr. Hinshaw said this variant was first identified in Denmark.

On Thursday, April 22, Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an Alberta COVID-19 update. During the update, she announced that 60% of Alberta's active COVID-19 cases are variants of concern.

She also shared that the province has identified its first case of the B.1.617 variant that is causing a significant spike in cases in India at the moment. This news came on the same day that Canada halted direct passenger flights from both India and Pakistan.

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