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CDC Sets New General Guidelines For Covid-19 Protection 

The US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for navigating the Covid-19 pandemic as a means of updating and further emphasizing the importance of wearing a mask. The CDC made it clear in their guidelines that wearing a face mask doesn’t just protect you from the coronavirus, but everyone around you as well. 

“Adopting universal masking policies can help avert future lockdowns, especially if combined with other non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and adequate ventilation.”

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Out of all of the policies that America has enacted right now as a means of curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus, facial coverings and mask wearing is the number one way to prevent the spread of this disease when in a public setting. There have been multiple case studies that suggest the US can get their coronavirus numbers way down in a matter of weeks if every person wore a mask at all times when in public and only left their house for essential errands. 

“The prevention benefit of masking is derived from the combination of source control and personal protection for the mask wearer,” the CDC continued in their statement, explaining that “the relationship between source control and personal protection is likely complementary and possibly synergistic, so that individual benefit increases with increasing community mask use.”

Basically, the combination of you personally choosing to wear a mask every day when out in public and the general understanding that everyone else will do the same, will lead to a major decrease in new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. It isn’t even an argument, as we’ve seen from a slew of other countries who had strict mask mandates that it truly does work in getting the numbers down. 

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“Studies demonstrate that cloth mask materials can also reduce wearers’ exposure to infectious droplets through filtration, including filtration of fine droplets and particles less than 10 microns,” the CDC continued; for reference 150 microns is roughly the width of a single strand of human hair. 

The agency continued to discuss how masks have various degrees of effectiveness based on the type of mask it is. “Multiple layers of cloth with higher thread counts have demonstrated superior performance compared to single layers of cloth with lower thread counts, in some cases filtering nearly 50% of fine particles less than 1 micron,” they said. 

The CDC went on to discuss how if you’re looking to order masks online, see if you can find ones made up of materials like polypropylene, which works as a binding tool for cloth particles that will further improve the effectiveness of how well your mask filters out air. Silk masks are a prime example of this, as the material works to “repel moist droplets and reduce fabric wetting to maintain breathability and comfort.”

Cloth masks in general are extremely protective in terms of blocking large droplets and the exhalation of finer droplets. Most cloth masks can block up  to 70% of all fine droplets, and according to the CDC in some studies they’ve performed on par with surgical masks.

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How To Protect Yourself From Covid-19 

The coronavirus pandemic has been truly unpredictable to say the least. The way it travels, spreads, and reacts inside of our bodies has proven to be unexpected, however, if one thing has remained common throughout the past six months it’s been the universal desire to find a vaccine, and curve the overall spread of the virus. So what are some of the most effective proven ways to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus?

First we need to best understand how this virus moves, which is difficult considering even the world’s smartest scientists are still trying to work that out. The World Health Organization was recently confronted by over 200 scientists from over 30 countries who were urging the organization to acknowledge the possible role of airborne transmission, to which they complied. 

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“Under certain conditions short-range aerosol transmission, particularly in specific indoor locations, such as crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces over a long period of time with infected persons cannot be ruled out.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently acknowledged the possibility of airborne transmission on their website, claiming that Covid-19 can spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes. These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways and lungs and cause infection. This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

Both the CDC and WHO have acknowledged, however, that these repertory droplets are more likely to cause infection from landing on certain shared surfaces that are then touched by other individuals. The haziness surrounding the airborne quality of this virus has also been focused on less due to the fact that mask-wearing is the most effective way to combat that. If you go out in public, wear a facial covering and then get clean immediately upon returning home, you’re likely to be safe. 

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When in an indoor setting, it’s best if you remain as distanced as possible from others who aren’t a part of your quarantine bubbles. Go even further than 6 feet apart when possible, and wear a face mask if you’re hanging around individuals who you haven’t seen. Improve ventilation by keeping all windows open and use devices like air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and fans to keep the air circulating between the indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Group activities in general should always be outside, and every individual should be wearing a mask unless a proper physical distance between everyone is possible. Facial coverings are the biggest and most effective solution to curbing the spread of this virus as we’ve seen evidence of all around the world. 

It’s also important to ensure you’re wearing the right type of facial covering and wearing it correctly. Fabric masks should be thick enough that when you hold it up to the sun you can’t see the light shine through it. Most disposable masks available at your local drug store or gas station are effective as long as you’re getting rid of them after each use. Finally, make sure your mask is completely covering your nose, and if you’re going out with your kids, make sure they also have a mask. Many individuals have become more relaxed when it comes to their children wearing masks because it’s less likely that a young child/toddler will contract the virus, however, that doesn’t mean they can’t still bring it into your home and infect others, so keep everyone in your house safe and mask up.

Regardless of the proven science, we all know that the Covid-19 virus spreads easily and quickly when given the opportunity. Wearing a mask at all times when in a public space, maintaining a distance of at LEAST six feet from individuals not in your quarantine bubble, and remaining outdoors for any and all group activities will help keep this virus at bay, and your loved ones healthy.

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The Best Transparent Face Masks Currently On The Market 

Now that the world has been enduring the Covid-19 pandemic for six months, many of us have found ways of creating some normalcy within our new standards of living. Mask-wearing and facial coverings in general have become the biggest “new normal” we’ve all had to adjust to and many brands have taken it upon themselves to create as many types of masks as possible, so everyone can feel comfortable. 

Transparent masks have recently risen in popularity especially among individuals who may be hard of hearing or who rely on lip reading to communicate with one another. For a while, the only way to get a mask that would show your mouth and still offer the same level of protection as a standard face mask would be to make it. Now, plenty of brands have jumped on the opportunity to be more inclusive in their mask options. Here are some of the most popular transparent masks on the market today: 

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The EvaFAST 5-Piece Clear Window Mask: These “window masks” from EvaFast come in dozens of cool patterns, colors, and designs to fit anyone’s personal style. They come in packs of 5 for just $14, so you’ll have plenty of variety to choose from throughout the week. The masks themselves are made with a breathable material and adjustable ear straps that are soft for those with more sensitive skin. 

The Futomcop 5-Piece Clear Window Mask: Futomcop releases a line of minimalistic, colorful gingham transparent masks just in time for autumn. The masks themselves have a very large triangular clear panel to allow maximum lip-viewing. The wearer’s mouth will be visible regardless of if it’s open or closed, and the picnic-cloth patterns give off the perfect cottage core vibes for fall. These masks come in a pack of 4 for $15. 

Ellasbow See Through Mask: These masks are sold on Etsy for $12. The fabric of the masks are made with multiple layers to ensure it’s tightly adhered to your face. Reviewers claim the vinyl panel and elastic straps allow for ultimate comfort, and plenty of lip visibility. 

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Sachika Boutique Anti-Fog Clear Face Mask: This mask is a little more pricey at $17, however, it takes the idea of a transparent face mask to the next level. The entire mask is transparent, and once it’s secured on your face you’ll notice you have plenty of room within the mask so it doesn’t feel like it’s suffocating you. The vinyl is anti-fog, which works to keep the mask clear while also preventing any germs from entering. 

Geoaxaral Treasures Visual Face Mask With Eye Shield: This incredibly unique mask from Etsy retails for $15, and is one of the only face masks on the market that has a clear eye shield attached to it, allowing for ultimate face protection. 

Xiaojmake 5-piece Face Masks with Transparent Windows: This mask’s claim to fame is its extremely minimal design and simple color options. For those who don’t want to think so much about which patterned mask matches which outfit the most, Xiaojmake offers a line of solid colored clear face masks. They retail for $15 for a pack of 5. 

Baby Jack and Company Children’s Smile Window Mask: Finally, for the kids, Baby Jack has created a line of fun kid-themed  transparent masks for all of your little ones to enjoy. They’re one of the first companies to create masks for kids with “smile windows” to allow for ultimate lip reading. The masks come in a variety of designs and patterns that include jungle animals, unicorns, space, and more! They retail for $10.