Central Coast Australia

Central Coast News

Number of P2 masks for bushfires increases to more than 1.8 million

Source: Greg Hunt MP, Liberal Party of Australia
Archived 8 Mar 2020 - Posted: 9 Jan 2020
The Australian Government is now supplying more than 1.8 million P2 face masks to assist frontline workers and those at risk in communities affected by the bushfires.

The Government is providing more than 1 million masks to NSW, 455,400 to Victoria, approximately 400,000 to the ACT, 19,200 to Australia Post, and 3000 to the Australian Federal Police. More will be made available should they be requested.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the provision of the P2 masks formed an important part of the Government’s comprehensive response to the bushfire crisis.

“The Government is working closely with affected jurisdictions to identify if additional masks – beyond those already being provided – are required,” Minister Hunt said.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, said available supplies of P2 masks should be allocated as a priority to those most at risk of significant health effects from smoke, including:

  • People with existing heart or lung conditions, including angina, ischaemic heart disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (bronchitis and emphysema).   
  • People over 65 years of age, as they are more likely to have heart or lung disease.
  • Children 14 years and younger.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Diabetics.

“It is important to note that wearing masks is not an alternative to avoiding smoke. The best thing people in smoke-affected communities can do is stay inside with doors and windows closed if at all possible,” Professor Kelly said.

“People with underlying heart or lung health issues and other chronic conditions should consult their doctor for advice before using a P2 mask.

“Anyone who feels dizzy, faints or is out of breath while wearing a P2 mask should remove it and go to a place with cleaner air quality.

“People concerned about bushfire smoke should follow the recommendations of their doctor or local health authority, and check state and territory health department advice for up-to-date information on air quality.”

State and territory governments are distributing the P2 masks and providing air quality guidance within their jurisdictions.

 

This article archived 8 Mar 2020

 
Sandy Cove Apartments Sandy Cove Apartments Sandy Cove Apartments Affordable Luxury at The Entrance NSW

Recent News

Get Oktoberfested at The Bavarian – throughout Sept/October
Get Oktoberfested at The Bavarian – throughout Sept/October
The official Oktoberfest at Munich may be toned down this year, and international...
Local Land Services Helping People Escape to the Country
Local Land Services Helping People Escape to the Country
As more and more city people consider moving to regional areas prompte...
Free Library Services Help to Relieve HSC Stress
Free Library Services Help to Relieve HSC Stress
With the HSC just around the corner, Council is reminding local students...
Cruise into Chromefest from your Lounge Chair
Cruise into Chromefest from your Lounge Chair
The Coast's beloved ChromeFest may not be going ahead in its usual format...
Transported Stock Statements for Horse Movements Now Available Online
Transported Stock Statements for Horse Movements Now Available Online
Recording the movements of your horse has just become easier for recreational...

What's New

Covid 19 Enhanced online learning
Covid 19 Enhanced online learning
Hand on Heart First Aid Pty Ltd

Have You Visited

Announcement
Covid 19 Enhanced online learningCall to discuss our covid 19 options. Fantastic option to reduce face to face time but still gain first aid skills. View Hand on Heart First Aid Pty Ltd »
Contact · Add Your Event · Submit News · Add Your Business · Privacy · Site Map · Website © 2006-2020 Stralia Web