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    Daily Digest 5/28 – 1/3 of Americans Show Signs of Clinical Anxiety or Depression, States Are Banning This One Type of Face Mask

    by Daily Digest

    Thursday, May 28, 2020, 6:05 AM


Economy

The largest lockdown in the world is ending. India is bracing for what comes next. (tmn)

In recent weeks, the government has relaxed curbs on movement, transportation, commerce and manufacturing. Large gatherings remain prohibited, and ­international flights are still banned. But experts say loosening the restrictions means cases will increase at faster rates. That will intensify pressure on hospitals already under strain and will affect access to health care overall.

States Are Banning This One Type of Face Mask (Sparky1)

There are N95 face masks on the market with one-way valves that release your expelled air through a filter. While they may be more comfortable and less restrictive than masks without a valve, they are also useless in preventing the COVID-19 spread. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend covering your nose and mouth in order to protect yourself from infection but also to protect others from coming into contact with your respiratory droplets. If your mask doesn’t restrict the path of your own exhalations, you’re still putting other people in danger, even if you have no symptoms. Keep in mind that many carriers of the disease are asymptomatic but still contagious.

How the Fed Bailed Out the Investor Class Without Spending a Cent (edelinski)

That morning, the Federal Reserve announced the deployment of additional “tools to support households, businesses, and the U.S. economy overall in this challenging time.” The measures included many actions taken during the 2008 financial crisis, with one new wrinkle: Direct purchases of corporate debt—the first nongovernment bond-buying in the Fed’s history—would now be allowed. Companies have swelled their borrowing in recent years, and experts have identified this as a source of serious economic risk. A sudden shock like the pandemic that wiped out revenues would not only cause bankruptcies, but also accelerate bond defaults, broadening stress throughout the financial system.

Despite The Hype, Gilead’s Remdesivir Will Do Nothing To End The Coronavirus Pandemic (Paul D.)

Still, price gouging isn’t what has many scientists upset about remdesivir. It’s the fact that the coronavirus drug that has boosted hopes and sent Gilead’s stock price (and according to some analysts, the entire stock market) soaring doesn’t seem to do much for coronavirus patients.

Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening (merle2)

The spotty data flow is particularly worrisome to public health officials trying to help Americans make decisions about safely venturing out. The lack of accurate and consistent Covid-19 data, coupled with the fact that the White House no longer has regular briefings where officials reinforce the need for ongoing social distancing, makes that task even harder.

How the Black Death Gave Rise to British Pub Culture (tmn)

Medieval society could muster little response, Cantor writes, except to “Pray very hard, quarantine the sick, run away, or find a scapegoat to blame for the terror.” Nobility and wealth was no defense: Princess Joan of England was struck down on her way to marry in Spain, while the newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury perished shortly after being ordained by the Pope. The plague even halted (temporarily) the perpetual conflict between the French and English.

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic (tmn)

The findings suggest a huge jump from before the pandemic. For example, on one question about depressed mood, the percentage reporting such symptoms was double that found in a 2014 national survey.

“Regeneration” by Photographer Giona Bridler (tmn)

“I wanted to highlight aspects of nature but in a way that showed it in the current light. Not pristine, sunny, green, but show a sense of the isolation, fear, unease, and urgency that I felt.

More than ever I believe we need to work with nature in a regenerative manner, in all aspects of life and not degenerate the world around us as we have been.”

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7 Comments

  • Thu, May 28, 2020 - 8:35am

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    quantumkev

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    Masks with valves - what if they have filter pocket as well?

    I just read some of the articles on masks with filter valves, but it seems like they are all referencing masks like the N95s where there is a one-way valve and no filter at all in front of it. We have masks that have the one way valves, but they also have large filter pockets, such that exhaled air has to pass through the filter before it goes through the valve. Certainly, those should be ok, right?

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  • Thu, May 28, 2020 - 9:45am

    cindyb

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    cindyb said:

    I have the same mask with filters inside. The problem may be that you can't see that there's a filter.

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  • Thu, May 28, 2020 - 10:02am

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    dryam2000

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    N95 masks

    Is the issue just with virus going unimpeded going out but is protective to the one who wears it?  If so, then the solution seems to be continue using these masks but to wear some type of cloth mask over it.

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  • Thu, May 28, 2020 - 10:52am

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    thatchmo

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    N95 valve simple solution

    Just fold a bit of paper towel into a small square, weasel it into the valve cavity from the outer side of the valve with a toothpick or other such, and that will disable the function of the exhalation valve.  We'll all live happily ever after....Aloha, Steve.

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  • Thu, May 28, 2020 - 11:43am

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    David Huang

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    another simple valve mask solution

    The mask I've been using is one of these N95 masks with the one way valve.  What I did was apply some masking tape around the outside and inside valve sections.  I did the outside so it would be immediately obvious to anyone who saw it that I've closed off the valve.  This alone would have worked.  I did it on the inside so my moist breath doesn't cause condensation water droplets to build up inside that plastic valve area which can happen even when the valve is working.  I just don't like shaking water out of the mask when I'm done!  😉

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  • Thu, May 28, 2020 - 4:39pm

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    DennisC

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    Got Paid Not to Do a Gig

    Marx explains it all (in about one minute):

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  • Thu, May 28, 2020 - 10:39pm

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    Helen Highwater

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    N95 masks

    That's pretty strange that they're saying N95 masks are no good because all our healthcare workers are wearing them.

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