“During a pandemic when you need to shelter in place for a period of six to eight weeks, that is not gonna harm your immune system, either up or down, to the point where it’s gonna destroy your flora and now you can’t protect yourself from illness. If that was the case, we would just not survive as humans as long as we have,” Varshavski said. “We still go to the grocery store, we still walk our dogs, we spend a little time in the park—that is more than enough exposure to bacteria that your body needs to function optimally.” … [Read more...] about No, Face Coverings Don’t Cause Carbon Dioxide Poisoning. Five Mask Myths Debunked.
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The nod of sartorial approval from Birx, one of the most visible and vocal members of the White House task force, was also notable in part because Birx herself has become something of a fashion plate, something she acknowledged from the podium at Wednesday's briefing. … [Read more...] about Birx’s nod to mask fashion is more than just sartorial
But experts say Kemp’s handling of the situation could have political impacts. Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University, said the showdown over mask mandates is unlikely to trouble Kemp’s most ardent supporters. But she predicted that Democratic strategists were already thinking about how to use Kemp’s handling of the pandemic—especially his rush to roll back restrictions—against him in the 2022 campaign. … [Read more...] about Georgia Cities in Open Revolt Against Governor Over Masks
Reynolds has not ordered a statewide mandatory mask requirement as several other governors have in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced a statewide face covering requirement on Wednesday, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said Tuesday he is issuing an order mandating people in counties with high levels of coronavirus spread wear masks. … [Read more...] about Iowa governor says cities can’t require masks
3:34 p.m. Santa Clara County tracking testing by hospitals, clinics: A new online dashboard will track the number and rate of coronavirus tests conducted by large healthcare providers, Santa Clara County officials said Tuesday. The county’s health system performed more than 15,000 coronavirus tests from June 25 to July 1, while no hospitals in the county performed more than 5,300 tests during that time, the tracker shows. Earlier this month, the county ordered hospitals and large healthcare systems to offer coronavirus testing to symptomatic people, front-line workers and anyone exposed to the virus. “We are heartened to see that healthcare systems are starting to provide increased testing, but more work is ahead,” county officials said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: With millions of masks in stock, California helps 4 needy states