Washington Post: Trump’s mockery of wearing masks divides Republicans

Washington Post: Trump’s mockery of wearing masks divides Republicans. “A growing chorus of Republicans are pushing back against President Trump’s suggestion that wearing cloth masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is a sign of personal weakness or political correctness. They include governors seeking to prevent a rebound in coronavirus cases and federal lawmakers who face tough reelection fights this fall, as national polling shows lopsided support for wearing masks in public.”

Stars and Stripes: South Korea to provide 10,000 face masks to help Navajo veterans fight coronavirus

Stars and Stripes: South Korea to provide 10,000 face masks to help Navajo veterans fight coronavirus. “South Korea will provide 10,000 masks and hand sanitizer to help Navajo veterans of the 1950-53 Korean War fight the coronavirus, the government said [May 18]. It was the latest in a series of humanitarian shipments from South Korea to foreign veterans ahead of the 70th anniversary of the June 25 start of the war that pitted the United States and the South against the communist-backed North.”

Coronavirus: Call for clear face masks to be ‘the norm’ (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Call for clear face masks to be ‘the norm’. “It’s now part of daily life now for many of us – struggling to work out what someone in a supermarket or at work is saying when they’re wearing a face mask. But for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, masks can prevent them understanding anything at all.”

NBC News: ‘This is not about politics’: GOP governor says wearing masks is a public health issue

NBC News: ‘This is not about politics’: GOP governor says wearing masks is a public health issue. ” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, on Sunday dismissed the politicization of wearing masks in public to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, imploring Americans during the Memorial Day weekend to understand ‘we are truly all in this together.’ With many states like Ohio beginning to relax stay-at-home restrictions, he underscored the importance of following studies that show masks are beneficial to limiting the spread of the virus.”

WATCH: Staten Island grocery shoppers drive out woman who refuses to wear a mask in the store (Raw Story)

Raw Story: WATCH: Staten Island grocery shoppers drive out woman who refuses to wear a mask in the store. “A group of angry shoppers at a Staten Island ShopRite were captured on video driving out a woman in the store who refused to wear a face mask. The 20-second video clip shows masked shoppers swarming around a shopper who is pushing her cart around without any kind of face covering.”

New York Times: Bethenny Frankel’s Dark Journey to Find Medical Masks

New York Times: Bethenny Frankel’s Dark Journey to Find Medical Masks. “It was late March, with the coronavirus starting to peak in New York and hospitals already running short on supplies, when Bethenny Frankel, the entrepreneur and reality television star, received an email from a publicist offering her access to 500 million medical masks, or about enough to fill 25 Madison Square Gardens. Ms. Frankel was intrigued. While spending eight seasons on the ‘Real Housewives of New York City,’ she began flying to places like Guatemala and the Bahamas to aid in disaster relief. Now, with the disaster down the road, she wanted to help. She called the New York governor’s office, and her home state drafted her to find masks.”

NoCamels: Israeli Scientists Submit Patent For Self-Disinfecting, Reusable Mask

NoCamels: Israeli Scientists Submit Patent For Self-Disinfecting, Reusable Mask. “A group of Israeli scientists submitted a US patent for a reusable, self-disinfecting protective face mask developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The product was created by Professor Yair Ein-Eli, dean of the Technion’s Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, who developed a reusable face mask that can be disinfected in a controlled manner using heat – a process that destroys any pathogens accumulated on the mask and renders it reusable.”