April 2, 2020 Update

Worldwide COVID-19 cases near one million.  COVID-19 deaths near 50,000 worldwide.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/04/02/coronavirus-latest-news/


First emergency physician dies from COVID-19 in New Jersey.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/02/coronavirus-first-emergency-doctor-dies-covid-19-us-nj/5110399002


COVID-19 spread possible through talking and breathing.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/health/aerosol-coronavirus-spread-white-house-letter/index.html


One third of COVID-19 cases may be “silent carriers”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3076323/third-coronavirus-cases-may-be-silent-carriers-classified


LA Mayor advises use of face coverings

April 1, 2020 Update

What we know and don’t about asymptomatic transmission and coronavirus

April 1, 2020       By  Dr. Angela N. Baldwin and Sony Salzman

There is a significant number of people who transmit that are asymptomatic.


Trump backs Americans covering faces as task force debates mask guidelines

April 1, 2020   By Katherine Faulders

“A scarf would be very good,” the president said.


Why the U.S. Is Scrambling for Medical Goods

April 1, 2020                  By Nathaniel Taplin

Heard on the Street’s Nathaniel Taplin writes that the U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation, but missteps and vulnerable global supply chains have left it without the equipment necessary to protect its citizens from the coronavirus pandemic.


Can a face mask protect me from coronavirus? Covid-19 myths busted

April 1, 2020       By  Hannah Devlin , Science correspondent


FAQ About Personal Protective Equipment

April 1, 2020      CDC.gov


Infographic: Understanding the difference between surgical masks and N95 respirators

April 1, 2020 CDC.gov


Study reveals how long COVID-19 remains infectious on cardboard, metal and plastic

March 20, 2020

People may acquire coronavirus through air and by touching contaminated surfaces


New coronavirus may spread as an airborne aerosol, like SARS

April 1, 2020   By Nicoletta Lanese      

Aerosols likely pose the greatest danger in health care settings, but may also spread in some everyday scenarios.


Does The Virus That Causes COVID-19 Linger In The Air?

March 29, 2020

Can just breathing the same air as someone infected with COVID-19 make you sick too?


March 31, 2020 Update

TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR – Every expert opinion you’ve heard about wearing masks is right

March 27, 2020

By Michael J. Coren, Climate reporter

Should you wear a mask to stop the coronavirus? It’s a fraught question. Depending on where you live, the act risks social censure, accusations of selfishness, and perhaps the infection itself. No one wants to say they don’t know.





The Post’s View Opinion

Let health workers have the medical gear. But we should all start covering our faces.

March 31, 2020   By Editorial Board

EARLY IN the coronavirus crisis, many public health officials insisted that masks could not protect the public from covid-19. But that thinking is increasingly in question. People should be encouraged to cover their faces — responsibly.


Governors plead for medical equipment from federal stockpile plagued by shortages and confusion

March 31, 2020   

By  Toluse Olorunnipa, Josh Dawsey, Chelsea Janes, Isaac Stanley-Becker

Some states are receiving what they requested while others come up short, prompting frustration among state officials who see a byzantine and unsteady distribution system.


Opinions

Five ways the federal government can help health-care professionals get critical gear

March 30, 2020    By Elissa Slotkin

The coronavirus pandemic is a generational event. Much as our firefighters, paramedics and police officers ran toward the flames on 9/11 while crowds ran away from the twin towers, today our nurses, doctors and first responders are running toward the crisis. As most Americans shelter at home, our health-care workers are on the front lines — and too many are heading into battle without proper gear.


Chronic Illness 

10 Fashionable Face Masks People With Chronic Illness Recommend

March 20, 2020    By Paige Wyant

Many people may wear face masks to help protect against dust or hazardous airborne particles — especially if they live or work in an environment where pollution, chemicals and irritants are commonplace. During flu season, some may also choose to wear masks to help prevent the transmission of bacteria and viruses.


CIO Journal       

With Medical Equipment in Short Supply, 3-D Printing Steps Up in Coronavirus Crisis 

March 31, 2020   By Sara Castellanos and Agam Shah

Health-care workers are 3-D printing face masks and nasal swabs needed for Covid-19 testing


World 

U.S. Reviews Guidance on Masks to Fight Coronavirus as Europe Embraces Their Use 

March 31, 2020  By Drew Hinshaw

New evidence of asymptomatic transmission supports Asian practice: To make infected people wear masks, make everybody wear one.


NBC Access Hollywood   

A-List Designers Lend Fashion Skills To Make Quarantine Masks

March 30, 2020

Fashion designers never expected their next big style statement would be medical masks. With a shortage of supplies due to the coronavirus pandemic, Michael Costello, who has created looks for Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears, and Randy Shrier, owner of famed LA boutique Trashy Lingerie, share how they’re using their skills in a whole new way to give back. 


NBC Access Hollywood   

Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson And More Stars Wear Face Masks Amid Coronavirus Fears

February 26, 2020

Celebrities aren’t taking chances with the Coronavirus concerns and they’re proudly wearing face masks for protection. Gwyneth Paltrow just shared a photo of herself on a flight to Paris where she showed off her mask captioning the post with, “I’ve already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don’t shake hands. Wash hands frequently.” But she’s not the only star donning face mask, Kate Hudson, Selena Gomez, Brody Jenner and more are wearing them while traveling. The CDC recently warned that the Coronavirus could case “severe disruptions in the US.”


Coronavirus government response updates: Fauci says masks for all under ‘very active consideration’

March 31, 2020   By Libby Cathey

Fauci said the coronavirus task force will discuss facial coverings today.


Rationing of high-demand goods, shoppers in masks and reminders to keep your distance. This is the brave new world of pandemic shopping.

March 31, 2020   By LAUREN ZUMBACH