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One Chart Shows The Best And Worst Face Mask Types, Based on The Latest Research

Does Wearing a Mask Protect Me? Some Evidence Says Yes – The New York Times

Growing Body Of Evidence Suggests Masks Protect Those Wearing Them, Too : NPR

Mask Hack: How to Create a More Form-Fitting Level 3 Mask

A User’s Guide To Masks: What Types Offer The Best Protection? : Goats and Soda : NPR

There’s one mask type you really should avoid.

Read full story of excerpts below at Source: >One Chart Shows The Best And Worst Face Mask Types, Based on The Latest Research

“Disposable surgical masks are also made of non-woven fabric. A 2013 study found that surgical masks were about three times as effective at blocking influenza aerosols than homemade face masks (that was true, at least, when air flow was slower than a cough but faster than a human breathing during light work).

“Mask studies should be taken with a grain of salt

“Although research is coalescing around the idea that a few types of masks offer the best protection, it’s not always easy to simulate how a mask will perform in real life. That’s because only some tests directly mimic the size of novel coronavirus particles, while others evaluate performance based on viruses like influenza. Researchers also still aren’t sure about the degree to which the virus gets transmitted via aerosols, since those tiny particles are extremely hard to trap and study without killing the virus.

“Some scientists even have different ideas of what constitutes an aerosol – the generally accepted cutoff is less than 5 microns (that’s roughly the size of a dust particle) – and many experts think the delineation is arbitrary altogether.

“Different studies also test masks under different circumstances: Some mimic the heavy air flow produced when a person coughs, while others mimic the air flow when a person is talking or breathing normally. And of course, masks perform differently depending on how they’re worn. That’s why it’s better to stick with more protection over less.

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How To Politely Ask Someone To Follow COVID-19 Guidelines : Life Kit : NPR

How do you tell a stranger to be better at social distancing? What do you do when a backyard gathering suddenly has one too many unmasked guests? This episode walks through the new rules of etiquette during COVID-19.

Full story of excerpts below at Source: >How To Politely Ask Someone To Follow COVID-19 Guidelines : Life Kit : NPR

“Although we are living through a pandemic, says Swann, people still want to treat each other with kindness and respect — and “conduct themselves so that they’re not offending others, not hurting other people’s feelings.”

Questions answered in source link above:

1. How do I tell somebody — especially a stranger — to step back because that person is just too close to me?

2. What if I ask a person to keep their distance or put on their mask — and they say no?

3. It makes my blood boil when I see people not following the pandemic guidelines. Can I intervene?

4. What if I’m at a socially distanced outdoor gathering and, after a few hours, people start to bend the rules a little bit?

5. A friend invited me to hang out. How do I know whether it’s safe to do so? We might not be on the same page with the pandemic protocols.

6. BONUS ADVICE: What the heck do I do with my mask at a socially distanced meal?

>A Pocket Guide to COVID-19 Etiquette With Elaine Swann

Mask Hack: How to Create a More Form-Fitting Level 3 Mask

“Wearing a mask in public is basically the norm these days (or at least, it should be). But let’s be real, surgical masks aren’t perfect. Namely, they can have a loose fit and allow potentially infected particles to get to your nose and mouth.

See also story at source: >This 60-Second Hack To Make Your Face Mask Fit Better

  • Fold your mask in half
  • Tie a knot with the ear loops on each side as close as possible to the mask
  • Open up your mask
  • There will be a little opening on the sides next to the ear loop, so tuck that in underneath the ear loops on each side
  • Wear your (better-fitting) mask

 

Health Safety Tips For When It’s Time To Emerge From Lockdowns : NPR


>How Is The Federal Government Doing At Guiding A Smart Reopening?

6 minute podcast and full page of below excerpts at Source: >Health Safety Tips For When It’s Time To Emerge From Lockdowns : NPR

“As more states continue to ease shelter-in-place restrictions, what are the safest ways to get back out into society — whether it’s outdoors, going to church or returning to work? What are the safest ways to move around as we start to do it more? An end to lockdowns is coming. NPR’s Allison Aubrey joins us to talk through the options for going outdoors or to church or returning to work…

people are moving around more. Using cellphone location data, researchers have seen about a 20% decline in the percentage of people staying home compared to two weeks ago. And it’s also worth noting who seems to be going out most. Some new survey data out of the U.K. shows during lockdown about 50% of adolescent boys and young men – so college-aged males – acknowledge meeting up with a group of friends. And many parents in the U.S. have seen this growing restlessness.

“The data suggests that prolonged indoor contact is the riskiest. Being outside is lower risk. So over the last week or so, we’ve seen several states giving the green light to outdoor activities – exercising on the beach or in parks, tennis, golf, boating. We’re also hearing more about small gatherings in people’s yards.

“There’s better air circulation outside, more sunlight. It’s often easier to stay 6 feet away when you’re in someone’s backyard than their living room. But Carroll says it can be a slippery slope. You know, once people gather, you have to be careful about maintaining social distancing.

many cases are transmitted at home. So one way is a family member who’s an essential worker brings it home to everyone else, so really important for that essential worker, you know, to wash hands, take precautions. And the more people who gather in a home, the more risk.

“there’s very good reason we’re being asked to wear masks. … it’s impossible to say just how many infections that masks may prevent. Mostly the masks do help prevent the person wearing it from spreading the virus.  When I see someone wearing a mask, it says two things to me. They care about the people around them, and they care and respect themselves. …it’s worth pointing out the CDC is recommending that we wear them, and we’ll continue to see this as more people go back to work and perhaps on public transport. ..when people are on public transport or back at work, they’re quite likely indoors, which makes that kind of thing vital.

employers are thinking about things like screening, antibody testing. A lot of employers are scrambling, trying to come up safety measures for reopening. One idea being floated in some countries is the idea of an immunity passport or a health passport so people who have had the virus and presumably have some immunity would be identified and perhaps cleared to go to work.

“But physician Aaron Carroll says this is really not as simple as it sounds. “First of all, we should acknowledge that we don’t even understand yet how good immunity is, how long it lasts, how much it’s protective. So to start labeling people immune is really jumping the gun. We just don’t know yet.