Arizona State University: ASU-led study finds use of respirator masks could have prevented spread of COVID-19

Arizona State University: ASU-led study finds use of respirator masks could have prevented spread of COVID-19. “The researchers formulated a basic mathematical model for the transmission dynamics of COVID-19 in a population where a certain proportion habitually wear face masks. They considered four categories of face masks: cloth masks (with estimated efficacy of 30%), improved cloth masks or poorly fitted surgical masks (with estimated efficacy of 50%), properly fitted surgical masks (with estimated efficacy of 70%) and properly fitted respirators (with estimated efficacy of 95%).” Respirators are those stiff, pointy masks. You might have heard them called N95 masks.

New York Times: Does My Mask Protect Me if Nobody Else Is Wearing One?

New York Times: Does My Mask Protect Me if Nobody Else Is Wearing One?. “It’s true that masks work best when everyone in the room is wearing one. That’s because when an infected person wears a mask, a large percentage of their exhaled infectious particles are trapped, stopping viral spread at the source. And when fewer viral particles are floating around the room, the masks others are wearing would likely block those that have escaped. But there is also plenty of evidence showing that masks protect the wearer even when others around them are mask-free. ”

NBC News: Man charged with assaulting rail conductor who asked him to ‘put a mask on’

NBC News; Man charged with assaulting rail conductor who asked him to ‘put a mask on’. “A man who allegedly attacked a train conductor after he was asked to ‘put a mask on’ was arrested and taken into custody, police in Massachusetts said Friday. Daniel Libby, 40, was charged with assault and battery on a public official, the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) Transit Police said in a news release.”

5% survival chance: NC man nears long-awaited homecoming after 8-month battle with COVID (WRAL)

WRAL: 5% survival chance: NC man nears long-awaited homecoming after 8-month battle with COVID. “Imagine being just two days away from getting the COVID vaccine, then suddenly discovering you have the virus. That was what happened to 68-year-old Frankie Ballard from Harnett County back in February. Since then, he’s been in multiple hospitals. Eight months later, a homecoming is near.”

Washington Post: Alone in death

Washington Post: Alone in death. “There are no official statistics about how many unclaimed bodies are buried across America, but a Washington Post investigation that included more than 100 interviews over six months with medical examiners and local officials from Maine to California found that every year tens of thousands of lives end this way. Covid-19 increased the number of unclaimed bodies in many places, including Maricopa, which had a 30 percent spike, according to the investigation.”

Mashable: As schools reopen, trauma-informed teaching might be more important than ever

Mashable: As schools reopen, trauma-informed teaching might be more important than ever. “Before the COVID-19 pandemic, research indicated that as many as 50% of children had experienced some form of trauma or victimization, including sexual assault, abuse, the death of a loved one, natural disasters, a car accident or community violence. These experiences can tax the brain and make it harder for kids to learn and behave well. Now, 40,000 U.S. children have lost a parent to COVID-19, food and housing insecurity remains a concern and more kids are suffering from higher rates of anxiety and depression. As schools reopen amid ongoing uncertainty, interest in trauma-informed teaching practices is growing among educators. The American Rescue Plan, the federal pandemic relief bill approved in March, included some funding for training, and some states and school districts have allocated money as well.”

Business Insider: A sheriff told a Wisconsin teenager to take down a COVID-19 Instagram post. A judge ruled it a First Amendment violation.

Business Insider: A sheriff told a Wisconsin teenager to take down a COVID-19 Instagram post. A judge ruled it a First Amendment violation.. “A Wisconsin teenager won a lawsuit against a sheriff and his deputy who allegedly threatened to have her jailed if she didn’t remove a social media post about her COVID-19 experience in March 2020, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. On Friday, US District Judge Brett Ludwig ruled that student Amyiah Cohoon’s free speech rights had been violated.”

A school photographer told a first-grader he could shed his mask. He politely declined: ‘My mommy told me not to’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: A school photographer told a first-grader he could shed his mask. He politely declined: ‘My mommy told me not to’. “On the day of his first-grade school photos, 6-year-old Mason told his mom he was excited to show the camera his new ‘big boy’ smile. He recently lost four teeth. But when the photographer asked Mason to take off his navy mask before snapping his picture, Mason politely declined, his mom Nicole Peoples told The Washington Post. ‘My mommy told me not to take my mask off,’ Mason replied.”

State of New York: Governor Hochul Announces Series of Universal Mask Requirements to Protect New Yorkers amid Rise of Delta Variant

State of New York: Governor Hochul Announces Series of Universal Mask Requirements to Protect New Yorkers amid Rise of Delta Variant. “Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a series of universal mask requirements designed to protect New Yorkers against the highly contagious Delta variant and the recent surge in COVID-19 infections statewide.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Florida’s new surgeon general issues rule ending required school quarantines, says parents will decide

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Florida’s new surgeon general issues rule ending required school quarantines, says parents will decide. “Florida parents can now decide if their children should quarantine or stay in school after exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, according to an emergency rule the state’s new surgeon general signed Wednesday, the day after he was tapped for the job.”

Washington Post: George Holliday, who videotaped L.A. police beating Rodney King, dies of covid-19 complications

Washington Post: George Holliday, who videotaped L.A. police beating Rodney King, dies of covid-19 complications. “George Holliday, the plumber who videotaped White Los Angeles police officers beating Black motorist Rodney King in 1991, capturing a brutal attack that became a symbol of racial injustice and helped spark a week of deadly riots after the officers were acquitted, died Sept. 19 at a hospital in Simi Valley, Calif. He was 61. The cause was complications of covid-19, said his friend Robert Wollenweber. Mr. Holliday had been hospitalized with the coronavirus for about a month.”

‘Fear is done’: Florida’s new surgeon general outspoken critic of COVID lockdowns, mandates (Tallahassee Democrat)

Tallahassee Democrat: ‘Fear is done’: Florida’s new surgeon general outspoken critic of COVID lockdowns, mandates. “Dr. Joseph Ladapo — a UCLA medical professor who has published controversial articles about ‘COVID mania’ and is an outspoken critic of lockdowns, mask and vaccine mandates and other mitigation measures — has been named as Florida’s new surgeon general, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday.”