Ubergizmo: The FaceBit Is An N95 Mask With Some Hi-Tech Wizardry

Ubergizmo: The FaceBit Is An N95 Mask With Some Hi-Tech Wizardry. “In its current form, the FaceBit is an N95 mask retrofitted with a sensor. This sensor can actually help to detect whether or not the mask is worn properly by letting users know if there might be any leaks. In addition to detecting leaks, the sensors can also be used as a health gauge, where it can measure things like your heart rate using subtle head movements from blood pumping.”

New York Times: 12 Signs You Have a Fake N95, KN95, or KF94 Mask

New York Times: 12 Signs You Have a Fake N95, KN95, or KF94 Mask. “The highly contagious Omicron variant has sent us on a mad dash for more-protective masks, such as N95s, KN95s, and KF94s. And along with that comes the nagging concern over being duped by counterfeiters. At best, fake respirator masks are just a waste of money. At worst, they give those who need protection most a potentially dangerous false sense of security.”

New York Times: The C.D.C. conceded that cloth masks do not protect against the virus as effectively as other masks.

New York Times: The C.D.C. conceded that cloth masks do not protect against the virus as effectively as other masks.. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday clarified its stance on various kinds of masks, acknowledging that the cloth masks frequently worn by Americans do not offer as much protection as surgical masks or respirators.”

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Agreement With Disability Rights Groups on Distribution of COVID-19 Rapid Tests and N95 Masks

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Agreement With Disability Rights Groups on Distribution of COVID-19 Rapid Tests and N95 Masks. “Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration, working in cooperation with the Office of Attorney General William Tong, has reached an agreement with Disability Rights Connecticut and Connecticut Legal Rights Project regarding the state’s ongoing distribution of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and N95 masks.”

State of Maryland: Governor Hogan Announces Statewide Distribution of 20 Million N95 and KN95 Masks to Marylanders, Six Additional Hospital-Based Testing Sites to Open Next Week

State of Maryland: Governor Hogan Announces Statewide Distribution of 20 Million N95 and KN95 Masks to Marylanders, Six Additional Hospital-Based Testing Sites to Open Next Week. “Governor Larry Hogan today visited the location of a new state-run COVID-19 testing site at UM Shore Regional Health in Easton and announced the locations for five additional hospital-based testing sites that will open by the end of next week. The governor also announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will begin distributing 20 million N95 and KN95 masks to Marylanders next week at no cost, through multiple channels, including local health departments, state-run testing and vaccination sites, and nursing homes.”

Washington Post: CDC weighs recommending better masks against omicron variant

Washington Post: CDC weighs recommending better masks against omicron variant. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering updating its mask guidance to recommend that people opt for the highly protective N95 or KN95 masks worn by health-care personnel, if they can do so consistently, said an official close to the deliberations who was not authorized to speak publicly.”

WVIR: UVA Health doctors encourage upgrading your masks with omicron

WVIR: UVA Health doctors encourage upgrading your masks with omicron. ” As the omicron variant continues to spread, many experts are advising you to upgrade your mask. More drug stores around Charlottesville are selling them, which is why doctors are encouraging you to get your hands on one. ‘The big thing is they’re more widely available now,’ Dr. Bill Petri with UVA Health said. ‘Early on, N95 or KN95 masks were being reserved for health care professionals.’ Petri says now, since they are accessible, they’re being recommended and encouraged for everyone.”

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Plans To Distribute Three Million COVID-19 At-Home Rapid Tests and Six Million N95 Masks in Connecticut

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Plans To Distribute Three Million COVID-19 At-Home Rapid Tests and Six Million N95 Masks in Connecticut. “Governor Ned Lamont today announced plans to distribute three million COVID-19 at-home rapid tests and six million N95 masks in Connecticut in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19 during this heavy travel and holiday season.”

NPR: With omicron, you need a mask that means business

NPR: With omicron, you need a mask that means business. “With another coronavirus variant racing across the U.S., once again health authorities are urging people to mask up indoors. Yes, you’ve heard it all before. But given how contagious omicron is, experts say, it’s seriously time to upgrade to an N95 or similar high-filtration respirator when you’re in public indoor spaces.”

Scientific American: Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks—and Where to Get Them

Scientific American: Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks—and Where to Get Them. “There is now a cornucopia of high-filtration respirator-style masks on the market, including N95s, Chinese-made KN95s and South Korean–made KF94s. They have been widely available and relatively affordable for months and provide better protection than cloth or surgical masks. Yet it was not until September 10 that the CDC finally updated its guidance to say the general public could wear N95s and other medical-grade masks now that they are in sufficient supply.”

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.

Miami Herald: Stop using these N95 masks, FDA says. There are ‘serious concerns’ with their quality

Miami Herald: Stop using these N95 masks, FDA says. There are ‘serious concerns’ with their quality. (Important to note that this is about a specific brand of N95 masks, and not N95 masks in general.) “All approvals for N95s produced by Shanghai Dasheng have been revoked as of Aug. 13, meaning they are no longer authorized for emergency use and ‘may no longer be manufactured, assembled, sold or distributed’ in the U.S.”