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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.’”
  • The person walking past you isn’t wearing a mask. What should you say?

    It’s hard to imagine that many people are actively trying to put others at risk, says Aziza Ahmed, a law professor who specializes in health law at Northeastern. That’s why everyone should approach the situation with sensitivity, she says. If people who are not wearing masks are standing close to each other and don’t look like they’re family, is it possible that they are living together?
  • The Real Reason To Wear Face Protectoion

    If you feel confused about whether people should wear face protection and why and what kind, you’re not alone. COVID-19 is a novel disease and we’re learning new things about it every day. However, much of the confusion around face protection stems from the conflation of two very different functions of face protection.