Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19 prevention’

CDC: Halloween Has Been Canceled.

September 29, 2020

CDC: Halloween Has Been Canceled.

Kids, candy manufacturers, and sugar addicts across the country are feeling cursed. First, due to COVID-19, we had an Easter without jellybeans, Peeps, or chocolate bunnies. Now, thanks to the pandemic, the CDC has canceled Halloween parties, indoor haunted houses, and trick-or-treating. Scary. Las fiestas del Día de los Muertos también. ¡Ay, caramba!

Another frightening thought: Halloween is a big, boozy, binge-drinking holiday, and alcohol sales are up already due to the pandemic. That’s not conducive to responsible social distancing.

More:

“CDC’s Halloween Guidelines Warn Against Typical Trick-Or-Treating,” Laurel Wamsley, NPR

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How Masks Got Political

August 27, 2020

Health authorities agree: Wearing a mask can help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But even after thousands have died, many people still don’t believe it.

A Vox video by By Madeline Marshall.

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Put a Mask On It!

August 19, 2020

Wearing a mask minimizes the spread of the coronavirus, but some resist, in the name of … whatever. Allen Pan invented a gun that shoots a mask on to the faces of those suckers.

More:

“The Hero We Need Built a Gun That Shoots Masks Onto People’s Faces,” Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo

Related:

“Fed up with anti-maskers, mask advocates are demanding mandates, fines — and common courtesy.” Marc Fisher, Washington Post

“To Get People to Wear Masks, Try Comparing Them to Seatbelts and Helmets,” Alex Wittenberg, CityLab

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Study: COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet If 80% of Americans Wore Masks

May 12, 2020

 

U.S. COVID-19 deaths now total 76,032, while Japan had 577 coronavirus fatalities. Adjusting for population, the Japanese death rate is 2% of America’s. The difference? Everyone in Japan wears masks. Berkeley computer scientist De Kai built the Masksim simulator and run multiple scenarios of mask usage. Bottom line: wear a mask.

More:

“If 80% of Americans Wore Masks, COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet, New Study Says,” David Ewing Duncan, Vanity Fair

“Universal Masking is Urgent in the COVID-19 Pandemic: SEIR and Agent Based Models, mpirical Validation, Policy Recommendations,” De Kai, Guy Philippe Goldstein, Alexey Morgunov, Vishal Nangalia, and Anna Rotkirch, arXiv

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Paid Sick Leave: Essential to Beating Coronavirus

April 9, 2020

If your grocery, food service, and delivery workers don’t get paid time off when they’re sick, then they need to work while sick, potenially infecting you. When corporations value profits over public safety, we all lose. A Vox video.

Related:

“The Trump administration issued a new rule that blocks guaranteed paid sick leave for 75% of American workers,” Isaac Scher, Business Insider

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Hand Washing: WHO Shows You How.

March 31, 2020

You’re doing it wrong. This is the World Health Organization (WHO) technique for hand-washing. Courtesy of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control.

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Prevent Coronavirus: Wash Your Hands. With Soap.

March 26, 2020

Wash your hands. Use soap.

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