400 Million Free N95 Face Masks Are Being Dispensed — Here’s How To Get Yours

The Biden administration aims to make 400 million N95 masks available to all Americans for free at pharmacies and community health centers next week, a White House official said per The Wall Street Journal. The masks will be coming from the Strategic National Stockpile, the national repository of critical medical supplies. The program will be fully up and running by early February. Source: 400 Million Free N95 Face Masks Are Being Dispensed — Here’s HowContinue…

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Facial Tissue As A Mask Filter?

In an article in The Strategist, the author referred to Dr. Yi Cui proposing facial tissues (specifically Kleenex, but not sure if this is because of sponsorship $ or the brand is better than others) as added filters in cloth masks. You may not think the humble tissue would do much against a pandemic virus, but Stanford materials science and engineering professor Yi Cui, who co-authored a study on the best household materials for faceContinue…

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Vaping Does Not Increase Covid-19 Risk or Severity

A Mayo Clinic study has concluded that vaping (use of electronic cigarettes) does not increase a person’s risk of contracting Covid-19 or the severity of symptoms if contracted. This is not to say that a person should continue vaping during the weeks after diagnosis or while symptomatic. It just means that vaping won’t make you more likely to catch “the Rona”, and having vaped doesn’t mean your symptoms will be worse. As many doctors andContinue…

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We Studied One Million Students. This Is What We Learned About Masking.

RETURNING TO SCHOOL THIS FALL, CHILDREN SHOULD BE VACCINATED IF ELIGIBLE, WEAR MASKS OR PREPARE TO RISK GETTING COVID. Big questions loom over the upcoming back-to-school season: Should children be required to wear masks? Should children go to in-person classes at all? If we send children to school without masks, we increase their risk of acquiring Covid-19. Some could suffer illness or die. If we close schools, millions of children will suffer learning loss, and many of them may suffer lifelong

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5 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids With Reemergence Anxiety | HuffPost Life

Experts share their advice for supporting children’s mental health in this transitional time.

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Fitted Filtration Efficiency of Double Masking During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Otolaryngology | JAMA Internal Medicine | JAMA Network

Although adding a procedure mask (mean [SD] FFE, 61% [13%]) over the cloth masks provided modest increases in their FFE (mean [SD] range, 55% [10%] to 60% [14%]), the overall performance was no different than wearing the procedure mask by itself. In contrast, wearing a procedure mask under the cloth face covering produced marked improvements in overall FFE (mean [SD] range, 66% [5%] to 81% [6%]).

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Masks have stopped disease spread for centuries. Here’s why they may catch on in the U.S.

More than a year into a pandemic that has sickened tens of millions of people in the United States and killed more than 500,000, most people are eager to reclaim some semblance of their former lives. About half of the country has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccines authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration. Infection rates are dropping. And federal health authorities have relaxed mask recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated against the virus.Subs

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