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Fauci: Lack of masks at Trump rallies frustrating | TheHill – The Hill

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciDrug companies seek to reassure public amid Trump vaccine push Overnight Health Care: Drug companies issue joint pledge on vaccine safety amid political fears | Senate to vote Thursday on GOP coronavirus relief bill | Iowa coronavirus cases surpass 70,000 USAID shutting down task force set up to tackle coronavirus pandemic MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said Wednesday that the lack of masks at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen Trump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP primary to take on Pappas MORE’s campaign rallies is frustrating.

“Is that frustrating to you?” host Gayle KingGayle KingThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump, GOP senators at odds over next stimulus bill Minneapolis police union says members have been ‘scapegoated by political leaders’ Fox News, CBS morning show hosts return to broadcast studios MORE asked Fauci on “CBS This Morning,” noting the lack of masks among some attendees at Trump’s rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Well, yes it is, and I’ve said that often,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responded. “That situation is we want to set an example.”

Fauci noted that public health experts “know” that measures like wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds and planning most activities outdoors instead of indoors can help alleviate the spread of COVID-19.

“Those are the kinds of things that turn around surges and also prevent us from getting surges,” he said. “So I certainly would like to see universal wearing of masks.”

The president continues to hold massive rallies where people are not wearing masks, including the president himself. Is it frustrating to you? — @GayleKing

Dr. Fauci: “Well, yes, it is. I’ve said that often… I certainly would like to see universal wearing of masks.” pic.twitter.com/y0tCzoMePN

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 9, 2020

Fauci has struck a more cautious tone than President Trump in recent weeks about the spread of the virus in Midwestern states after the Sun Belt and Northeast were hit hard earlier in the pandemic.

The public health expert had previously announced his support for “universal wearing of masks” to prevent coronavirus spread.  

Trump and his supporters participated in a rally in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Tuesday night, with many in the crowd not wearing masks despite a state mandate.

The U.S. has confirmed more than 6.3 million COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 189,699 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Best and worst masks to protect from coronavirus – New York Daily News

Not all masks are created equal.

Researchers at Duke University have tested 14 types of masks and other facial coverings and found that some are wanting when it comes to coronavirus protection, while others are quite good.

Using an easy-to-assemble laser and cellphone system, the team shined precise light onto the droplets emitted by someone wearing all varieties of mask, from none to the high-concept N95 that health care workers use.

The droplets people inadvertently spray out while coughing, sneezing, singing, shouting or even talking appear to be the most common form of transmission. The fewer of those we spew into everyone’s common air space, the lower the infection rate for SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

Since as many as 40% of infected people don’t know they have it and can transmit the novel coronavirus to equally unsuspecting people they come in contact with, knowing what does and does not stop transmission is key, the researchers said. So is wearing a mask.

“If everyone wore a mask, we could stop up to 99% of these droplets before they reach someone else,” study co-author Dr. Eric Westman, a physician at Duke, said in a statement. “In the absence of a vaccine or antiviral medicine, it’s the one proven way to protect others as well as yourself.”

There were a few surprises, most notably that pulling fleece over your mouth and nose is apparently worse than no mask at all.

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“We were extremely surprised to find that the number of particles measured with the fleece actually exceeded the number of particles measured without wearing any mask,” study co-author Martin Fischer, a chemist and physicist at Duke, told CNN. “We want to emphasize that we really encourage people to wear masks, but we want them to wear masks that actually work.”

Folded bandanas and knitted masks were not much better, the researchers said.

The best one turned out to be an N95 without the valve, the researches said, followed by three-layer surgical masks and the types of cotton masks that people have been making themselves. Those hand-made cotton face coverings “provided good coverage, eliminating a substantial amount of the spray from normal speech,” the researchers said.

The proof-of-concept study appeared online Friday in the journal Science Advances.

The hope is that companies, museums and community groups will set up the tests to show both themselves and potential mask wearers the effectiveness of each method.

“This is a very powerful visual tool to raise awareness that a very simple mask, like these homemade cotton masks, do really well to stop the majority of these respiratory droplets,” Fischer told CNN. “Companies and manufacturers can set this up and test their mask designs before producing them, which would also be very useful.”

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‘Masks make us slaves’: thousands march in Berlin anti-lockdown protest – video – The Guardian

Up to 17,000 people, including libertarians and anti-vaccination activists, have marched in Berlin to protest against Germany’s coronavirus regulations. Many flouted guidance on wearing masks and physical distancing as they accused the government of ‘stealing our freedom’.

While Germany had initial success in containing the virus, infections are rising and its R number has risen above one.

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6 designer face masks from luxury brands – CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Face masks and other face coverings aren’t going away any time soon. In fact, one one pandemic expert told CNET “we’ll be living with face masks for years.” With coronavirus cases spiking across the US, face mask requirements are becoming more common, and more and more people, not just essential workers, are donning a cloth mask or bandana before mingling with the general public.

That said, there are fashionable options out there. Since masks have proliferated, more and more people are ditching their disposable medical mask in favor of a reusable face mask. You can make your own face mask or covering or, if sewing masks isn’t your thing, buy one from an online store. There are a lot of face covering options so that you can find a perfect fit, including masks with a nose wire, adjustable ear loops, a filter pocket and more, many of which are available in a plethora of colors and vibrant prints.

It’s worth noting that these face coverings aren’t suitable for a healthcare worker or someone on the front line, they’re more for people who are observing social distancing and looking to avoid spreading germs as they go out and about.  

All that said, if you feel like splurging (or just browsing) luxurious styles, these six fashion brands are selling fancy masks that cost more than your average cotton face mask. Read on for our top tips for buying a face mask. We’ll update this list regularly as we find new outlets

What you need to know about face masks and coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of 2 wear a face covering when in public or around people they don’t live with. Here are some face mask styles designed for kids.

  • Some experts claim that the coronavirus is airborne, although the science hasn’t officially been settled yet.
  • Masks with multiple layers may trap larger respiratory droplets ejected by sneezing, coughing or talking.
  • Wash the mask before and after wearing it.
  • The mask should cover your nose and chin, and be snug enough to prevent gaps.

Michael Ngo

Michael Ngo, a designer who creates looks for celebrities, is selling face masks to the public. The prices of his luxurious face masks range from $110 for a vinyl mask to $500 for a Swarovski-crystal-encrusted mask. 100% of the net proceeds are donated to the LA Food Bank.

xSuit

xSuit, a men’s suit company, has designed face masks for men and women. You can choose from masks with flowers, 3D wings and more. The masks cost $120.

Collina Strada

Collina Strada face masks are made from deadstock materials and are considered unique due to limited fabric. Each mask features bows and will cost you $100. 

VPL

VPL is a swimwear and home goods company that’s now designing face masks. One of its Japanese silk masks will cost you $125. Note that since the masks are 100% silk, they’re dry clean only.

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Face Masks Really Do Matter. The Scientific Evidence Is Growing. – The Wall Street Journal

Face masks are emerging as one of the most powerful weapons to fight the novel coronavirus, with growing evidence that facial coverings help prevent transmission—even if an infected wearer is in close contact with others.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he believes the pandemic could be brought under control over the next four to eight weeks if “we could get everybody to wear a mask right now.” His comments, made Tuesday with the Journal of the American Medical Association,…

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From Bandanas to DIY Masks, This Is How Effective Your Face Covering Is, a Study Says – POPSUGAR

As scientists learn more about how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, we’ve gone from the CDC’s nonmandatory recommendation of face masks to businesses and even states requiring their use in public, all in an effort to slow the pandemic. Bandanas, neck gaiters, homemade cloth face masks, and off-the-shelf cone masks are all acceptable, but no research had yet to look at which form of non-medical-grade mask is the most effective.

A new study in Physics of Fluids has now done just that — and gone one step further, visualizing the effectiveness of different masks through a striking set of images (available on the journal’s website). To run the experiment, researchers used a mannequin head and a fog machine to emulate coughs and sneezes. They strapped different kinds of face masks onto the mannequin and tested how far and fast the emulated “respiratory jet” of drops and particles could travel.

How Do Droplets Travel in an Uncovered Cough?

First, the researchers wanted to find out what happens during an uncovered, emulated cough. They observed that droplets consistently traveled well beyond the six-foot line currently recommended for social distancing. Droplets flew an average of eight feet away, but were found to travel up to 12 feet within a 50-second window.

“These observations, in combination with other recent studies, suggest that current social-distancing guidelines may need to be updated,” researchers wrote. They did note that a “large majority” of droplets will fall to the ground before reaching the 12-foot mark, and that “both the number and concentration of the droplets will decrease with increasing distance.” Air flow also had a major impact on dispersal patterns, demonstrating how important proper indoor ventilation will be as the pandemic continues into the summer.

What Type of Face Mask Is Most Effective?

Researchers then repeated the experiment using four different types of face masks, all non-medical-grade masks that are available to the general public. These were the results, listed from most effective to least effective:

  1. Stitched double-layered cotton mask: The emulated respiratory jet traveled 2.5 inches on average.
  2. Store-bought cone-style mask: 8 inches
  3. Folded cotton handkerchief (aka a no-sew mask): 1 foot, 3 inches
  4. Bandana: 3 feet, 7 inches
  5. No covering: 8 feet

From their experiments, the researchers concluded that loosely-folded handkerchief masks and bandana-style coverings “provide minimal stopping-capability for the smallest aerosolized respiratory droplets.” Droplets leaked through the mask material as well as out the sides, though both were still substantially more effective than no covering at all.

Cone-style masks and layered, well-fitted homemade masks were the most effective. “These masks were able to curtail the speed and range of the respiratory jets significantly, albeit with some leakage through the mask material and from small gaps along the edges,” researchers observed.

None of the masks were perfect, and the study pointed out that using masks over a long period of time may lead to saturation and a potential decrease in effectiveness. Still, their conclusion was clear: even the least-effective covering (a bandana) had a major impact, cutting down droplet dispersal by an average of four-and-a-half feet. And despite the varying amounts of leakage, non-medical masks are effective in stopping larger droplets, which “constitute a large fraction of the total volume of the ejected respiratory fluid.”

The takeaways: wear a mask, any mask (here’s a variety you can buy online); make it a well-fitted one if you can; and keep soci

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Masks on airplanes: Where things stand on personal protection and social distancing – CNN

Marnie Hunter, CNNUpdated 28th April 2020
(CNN) Glimmers of a gradual return to air travel mean airlines are rolling out new policies aimed at protecting passengers and crew from coronavirus transmission and increasing consumer confidence in air travel safet…
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