Coronavirus: Don’t Listen to the Noise, Wear Your Mask!

As all 50 states begin to ease stay at home restrictions one of the stipulations of allowing people back in public is mandating that they wear face masks. And while masks may seem simple, they’re an effective tool in helping slow the spread of COVID-19. In fact, according to CNBC, a research team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus’ transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used.

Unfortunately for a public safety precaution so minimal, it’s created an outsize controversy in some cities. In places like Charlotte people are being heckled for wearing masks, and a Tennessee mayor even mocked an employee for wearing a protective mask prompting the city worker to resign.

Why This Matters: There’s a lot of online rabble-rousing occurring from provocateurs demanding to “speak to the manager” at stores requiring shoppers to wear masks. But we can’t mistake noise for news. As the New Yorker explained, “Although Trump supporters and right-wing entities have instigated modest protests against the coronavirus shutdowns, the vast majority of Americans are staying at home and obeying social-distancing guidelines.” Regardless of what’s on the internet, the CDC guidelines for coronavirus safety are still the most important, and they’re fully in support of masks.

Worth a Read: Check out the Washington Post’s investigative piece on the sea of fraud that exists in the PPE industry and how difficult it has been to get proper gear for American healthcare workers.

Take a Look: What reopening safety measures look like in other countries.

Go Deeper: The CDC quietly released more detailed guidance for schools, businesses, transit systems and other industries hoping to reopen safely amid the coronavirus pandemic after fear that the White House had shelved the guidelines.

Important: Children who may have multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, a troubling complication of COVID-19 infection, need immediate attention and will probably need to be hospitalized, doctors said Tuesday.

Voting in Texas: Texas voters afraid of contracting the coronavirus can cast their ballots by mail in upcoming elections, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Going Back to the Gym: Should you do it? Maybe think again. A new CDC study shows that group fitness classes are a hotbed for COVID transmission.

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