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 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.”

Fox6: Milwaukee’s free N95 mask distribution begins

Fox6: Milwaukee’s free N95 mask distribution begins. ” Milwaukee’s distribution of free N95 masks began at the Northwest and Southside Health Centers on Saturday, Jan. 8. Dozens of cars lined the streets Saturday morning – the first day of the city’s latest effort to encourage citizens to mask up.”

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.”

Star Tribune: State Fair study tests which masks are best in COVID fight

Star Tribune: State Fair study tests which masks are best in COVID fight. “The share of Minnesotans who said they wore masks in public most or all of the time peaked at 87% in early May and was better than the national average, according to the COVIDcast tracker of pandemic trends maintained by Carnegie Mellon University. However, that rate plummeted to 20% this summer after Gov. Tim Walz lifted a statewide mandate, and has only returned to 42% this month now that masks are recommended, but not required, in high-risk transmission areas.”

Fast Company: RIP cloth masks? Why airlines and governments are banning them

Fast Company: RIP cloth masks? Why airlines and governments are banning them. “As COVID-19 continues to surge, accelerated by the delta variant, several European governments and companies are banning cloth masks, arguing that they are not as effective as medical masks in the midst of the current outbreak. Instead, they are mandating medical-grade masks. It’s unclear yet whether American companies will follow suit, but it could be worth preparing for that eventuality by understanding the difference between cloth and medical masks, and figuring out where to buy medical masks.”

Ubergizmo: Researchers Create A Mask That Can Apparently Neutralize COVID-19

Ubergizmo: Researchers Create A Mask That Can Apparently Neutralize COVID-19. “… researchers in Mexico claim to have created a new type of face mask that they say has the ability to neutralize COVID-19. This is achieved by using silver and copper nanolayers weaved into the mask, where if the virus were to make its way into the mask or land on it, it should be neutralized. The researchers tested the mask by taking drops with the virus from COVID-19 positive patients and placed them onto the silver-copper film deposited into polypropylene.”

Simple Flying: Lufthansa Set To Ban Cloth Masks Onboard From February

Simple Flying: Lufthansa Set To Ban Cloth Masks Onboard From February. “Flying with airlines is typically seen as relatively safe given that most have mandatory mask policies and hospital-grade HEPA filters onboard. However, governments and airlines have become increasingly alarmed by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is once again bringing European skies to a standstill. As such, Lufthansa is changing its mask policy in line with the latest government recommendations in Germany.”