Posts Tagged ‘face masks’

Trump Blames Biden For Lack of National Mask Mandate

September 18, 2020

Trump Blames Biden For Absence of National Mask Mandate

“President Donald Trump moved to blame his Democratic competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, for not instituting a national mask mandate during the coronavirus pandemic.

The claim, made at an ABC News town hall Tuesday with undecided voters in Pennsylvania, is misleading for two reasons: Biden has, in fact, urged all state governors to mandate mask-wearing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Democratic candidate is also not the president and has no authority to mandate anything. Trump does.”

— “Trump Blames Biden, Who Isn’t President, For Not Instituting Mask Mandate,” Nick Visser, Huffington Post 

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USPS Was Ready for COVID-19 In April. Trump Was Not.

September 18, 2020

USPS Was Ready for COVID-19 In April. Trump Was Not.

In April, as the coronavirus pandemic was killing thousands of Americans, the United States Postal Service planned to distribute 650 million masks, five per U.S. household. and even drafted a press release. about it. The White House knew of the COVID-19 threat but was still “downplaying” it, and blocked the plan. Thousands more died.

More:

“White House reportedly scrapped plan to send masks to every American because it wanted to avoid ‘panic,'” Kathryn Krawczyk, The Week

“Newly revealed USPS documents show an agency struggling to manage Trump, Amazon and the pandemic,” Tony Romm, Jacob Bogage and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

“Of Course Trump Nixed a Masks Plan That Could’ve Eradicated COVID-19 in April,” Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

Update:

“Trump administration scrapped plan to send every American a mask in April, email shows,” Laura Strickler and Geoff Bennett, NBC News

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Masks Work

September 15, 2020
Masks Work

Florence Nightingale masked, after H. M. Bonham-Carter

Face masks help contain the spread of COVID-19 better than you think. Henry Reich does the math:

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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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Why You Should Wear a Mask

May 7, 2020

They don’t make you invincible, but they’re important in a pandemic. A Vox video by Laura Bult, Danush Parvaneh, and Estelle Caswell.

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