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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.
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.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to accept a petition that will grant the Joshua tree, the famous twisty-limbed yucca plant native to the Mojave desert, endangered species status for one year while the state conducts a study. The plant is now considered a “candidate species” […]
by Razi Beresin-Scher and Miro Korenha According to recent reporting from The Hill, atmospheric smoke is exacerbating the toll of the COVID-19 virus in Oregon and California. Smoke inhalation weakens the immune systems of those suffering from asthma and other underlying respiratory conditions, compromising their ability to recover from the virus. Researchers at the Harvard […]
Increasing populations, incomes, urbanization, and temperatures could “triple the number of AC units installed worldwide by midcentury, pushing the total toward 6 billion,” as James Temple reported for the MIT Technology Review. This could create one of the “largest sources of rising electricity demand around the world.”
Why This Matters: This is the paradox of climate change. As the world warms, cooling will be even more necessary.
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