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The Virus Protection & Social Distancing Blog

  • Poll: 3 in 4 Americans back requiring wearing masks

    Three out of four Americans, including a majority of Republicans, favor requiring people to wear face coverings while outside their homes, a new poll finds, reflecting fresh alarm over spiking coronavirus cases and a growing embrace of government advice intended to safeguard public health.
  • The Virus Doesn't Care About Your Freedom. Wear a Mask | Opinion

    There's no freedom if you're dead." That's what friends of mine in Asia, particularly Hong Kong, have said when I've tried to explain the reluctance some Americans have to wearing masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Spate of new research supports wearing masks to control coronavirus spread

    Four months of discord about the coronavirus epidemic have transformed the cloth mask into a potent political symbol, touted by Democrats as a key part of communal responsibility, labeled by some GOP leaders as a sign of government overreach and as a scarlet letter pinned on the weak.
  • Researcher disputes ministry report dismissing mask benefits

    Tarja Sironen, an associate professor with the university’s emerging infectious diseases unit said that the report produced by private health sector consultants Summaryx for the ministry did not provide a full picture of the value of masks in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • I Also Wear a Mask to Protect Me

    We have just surpassed the 100,000 death mark for COVID-19 in the United States amidst projections of a resurgence in the fall, and the wearing of a basic face mask or cloth face covering in the community is now considered a necessary non-pharmaceutical intervention (in conjunction with other protective measures) for prevention and control
  • The unexpected benefit of taking face mask selfies

    Are you a fan of face masks? Ok, so they're always a little uncomfortable to wear, we get it, but you know, they do actually look kind of cute lending everyone's face an air of mystery or even a dashing bandito kind of look (should you be of the manly persuasion). Plus, like them or not, face masks are a necessary part of life in this post (or not-so-post) pandemic world we're living in.
  • We’ll Be Wearing Things on Our Faces for a Long Time

    If you think about it, “the face mask is the condom of our generation,” says Brian Castrucci, the president of the de Beaumont Foundation, a public-health nonprofit. Castrucci spent a decade working in state and local health departments, and he remembers when the HIV epidemic made condoms mainstream in the United States. No one was especially thrilled about it, but as the dangers of unprotected sex became clear, people came to accept them.
  • Face Masks as a Fashion Accessory? Why We Should Encourage This Trend

       •    Celebrities and influencers are joining the #MaskingForAFriend campaign to encourage wearing masks to protect others.    •    Other coun...
  • All 50 States Have Eased Coronavirus Restrictions

    All 50 states have begun to reopen in at least some way, more than two months after the coronavirus thrust the country into lockdown. But there remain vast discrepancies in how states are deciding to open up, with some forging far ahead of others.
  • “Putting their life on the line doing your nails”: What salon workers face in the pandemic

    Their work puts them at high risk, but most can’t afford to stay home. Nail technician Ivy Nguyen has spent 20 years breathing fumes from polish...
  • Wearing a mask can significantly reduce coronavirus transmission, study on hamsters claims

    As the debate over the effectiveness of wearing masks during a pandemic continues, a new study gives weight to arguments by medical professionals and government leaders that wearing a mask does indeed reduce virus transmission — and dramatically so. 

    Experiments by a team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus’ transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used. 

  • Essential workers still lack basic safety protections on the job

    Whenever a “code purple” is announced at the Walmart Sam Carroll works at in Oklahoma City, it’s a covert signal for employees to wash or sanitize their hands that customers aren’t supposed to pick up on. “But when the customers see us clean our hands, they usually put their hands out and I give them a little bit,” Carroll says. “I even joke with them, I say, ‘That’ll be $10.’”