COVID-19 Outbreak Information Updates (Reboot) 28,523,524 US cases, 505,309 US deaths.] (9 Viewers)

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The original COVID-19 Outbreak thread has been closed but is still available as a read-only thread (sticky above). The original thread had become less and less about new information and more about petty bickering. The purpose of this new thread is to link or report new information as it comes out. Try not to go off course from the topic. Those of you who had been banned from the original thread feel free to participate in this new thread. Just stay on topic. Thank you.
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Bottom line is that moving forward we simply don't want any political bickering going on within this thread, and want to try to limit this thread to being as much about sharing Covid-19 information as possible.

If you want to discuss the political aspects of Covid-19 with other SR members, you can do so here (If you are not already registered there, you will be required to do so)...
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This doctor did the right thing, didn't waste an almost full vial, and was fired for it. Sickening. We'd rather waste doses than get people vaccinated.
 

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Does anyone have any good articles regarding the chance of catching it twice. I haven’t been able to find that much good info out there. And if one gets it, are you more likely to be asymptomatic etc? I remember an article, I think it was Australian, that showed people still having antibodies after 8 months. And then then some say people have gotten it 2-3 times.
 

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Is everyone wearing two masks now? The CDC is now suggesting it.
I've always worn one. I'm sure 2 masks helps, but I don't really get out much. If I had to go stand around a bunch of other people for any length of time, I'd probably do a second mask.
 

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Is everyone wearing two masks now? The CDC is now suggesting it.
Started yesterday with this because we visited a home which was not in our family's bubble.

A seamstress family friend made us some sweet double-layer masks last summer. We bought a few dozen and have been using them ever since. They've always fit well enough on me and my son, but they were somewhat big on my wife and daughter. Anyway, we found that double-masking helps my wife and daughter get a better "seal" overall. I wore two masks, as well, and it felt like there was no room to fit a virus in edgewise.

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The point of the new CDC guidance is not strictly "wear two masks", though that's how the media is interpreting it. Rather, the guidance is "get your mask to fit better" and it happens that wearing two masks is an easy way to do it. Here's the actual title of the CDC's new guidance:

Maximizing Fit for Cloth and Medical Procedure Masks to Improve Performance and Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Exposure, 2021

After reading through the specifics of the guidance ... the "maximizing fit" part is the crucial bit. Not "wearing two masks". Double-masking is presented as simply one of several means to an end. Other recommended fit-improvements include:

  • Tying the loops of surgical masks a certain way to reduce air gaps (see picture C here), then tucking in any loose fabric to create an even better seal. This can also be done with many types of cloth masks. Note that this is still wearing a single mask, just with care taken to close in the common side gaps.
  • Wearing a plastic mask fitter over your surgical or cloth mask.
  • Wearing a neck gaiter -- even a thin single-layer nylon one is sufficient -- over a surgical or cloth mask.

 

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Started yesterday with this because we visited a home which was not in our family's bubble.

A seamstress family friend made us some sweet double-layer masks last summer. We bought a few dozen and have been using them ever since. They've always fit well enough on me and my son, but they were somewhat big on my wife and daughter. Anyway, we found that double-masking helps my wife and daughter get a better "seal" overall. I wore two masks, as well, and it felt like there was no room to fit a virus in edgewise.

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The point of the new CDC guidance is not strictly "wear two masks", though that's how the media is interpreting it. Rather, the guidance is "get your mask to fit better" and it happens that wearing two masks is an easy way to do it. Here's the actual title of the CDC's new guidance:

Maximizing Fit for Cloth and Medical Procedure Masks to Improve Performance and Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Exposure, 2021

After reading through the specifics of the guidance ... the "maximizing fit" part is the crucial bit. Not "wearing two masks". Double-masking is presented as simply one of several means to an end. Other recommended fit-improvements include:

  • Tying the loops of surgical masks a certain way to reduce air gaps (see picture C here), then tucking in any loose fabric to create an even better seal. This can also be done with many types of cloth masks. Note that this is still wearing a single mask, just with care taken to close in the common side gaps.
  • Wearing a plastic mask fitter over your surgical or cloth mask.
  • Wearing a neck gaiter -- even a thin single-layer nylon one is sufficient -- over a surgical or cloth mask.


A public health doctor told me this messaging is not necessarily about 2 masks per se but to get people that don't wear a mask to at least wear one, or pull the one they do wear above their chin.

FWIW I am Team Bandana and will remain so - don't @ me - though I carry a few surgical ones just in case, after I was denied boarding on SWA (after flying 3 prior times with no issues wearing a bandana).
 
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The Fly is closing again for Mardi Gras. I would still prefer the city allow outdoor activity rather than drive everyone indoors or to JP but Latoya is gonna Latoya.

I guess it doesn't really matter since the weather will be terrible.



I'm glad the weather will be terrible. Hopefully it makes more people stay home than if it was going to be a beautiful day in late FEB.
 

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A public health doctor told me this messaging is not necessarily about 2 masks per se but to get people that don't wear a mask to at least wear one, or pull the one they do wear above their chin.

FWIW I am Team Bandana and will remain so - don't @ me - though I carry a few surgical ones just in case, after I was denied boarding on SWA (after flying 3 prior times with no issues wearing a bandana).
Along those same lines....one of my first thoughts was "great....now I get to see 2 masks below everyone's nose".
 

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This articlele should be free if not a subscriber. The Atlantic is making COVID coverage freely available.

The article discusses what may be a likely scenario, and that’s not reaching herd immunity. How we may have to live with and deal with COVID continually in society.
A number of signs now point to a future in which the transmission of this virus cannot be contained through herd immunity. COVID-19 will likely continue to circulate, to evolve, and to reinfect. In that case, the goal of vaccination needs to be different.

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The role of COVID-19 vaccines may ultimately be more akin to that of the flu shot: reducing hospitalizations and deaths by mitigating the disease’s severity. The COVID-19 vaccines as a whole are excellent at preventing severe disease, and this level of protection so far seems to hold even against a new coronavirus variant found in South Africa that is causing reinfections. This, rather than herd immunity, is a more achievable goal for the vaccines.
 

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