GPs told to wear 'inferior' masks for coronavirus testing

Health officials have advised GPs to use surgical masks when taking swabs

Health officials have changed advice on the need for P2 respirators when collecting swabs from suspected coronavirus patients, sparking concern among GPs.

Surgical mask

Adelaide GP Dr Rod Pearce has warned that GPs "will be nervous" about conducting coronavirus tests using surgical masks despite Federal Government advice that P2/N95 masks are not needed outside of severe cases.

Until recently, the Department of Health had been advising GPs to wear the face masks, which have particle filters,