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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.
The International Energy Agency stated in its annual World Energy Investment report released yesterday that the unparalleled decline in worldwide energy investment had been “staggering in both its scale and swiftness.” Investment in global energy is expected fall by $400bn this year, the biggest drop in the industry’s history As CNBC reported, the IEA “warned […]
In April, Vice President Mike Pence predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Memorial Day weekend. We’ve just passed that milestone and in the United States nearly 100,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus. Despite warnings from the World Health Organization that countries with declining infection rates could still face an […]
While Michigan is facing record flooding and a pandemic, protestors began giving out free haircuts outside the state’s Capitol in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order. In the United States, data suggests that protestors around the country have played a part in spreading COVID-19 through their risky behavior. Incidentally, as Emily Holden reported for the […]
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