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NYC to begin reopening in June; jobless claims surpass 40M; Texas bar bans masks

NYC to begin reopening in June; jobless claims surpass 40M; Texas bar bans masks

A day after the U.S. recorded 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Labor Department reported an additional 2.1 million unemployment claims last week, meaning more than 40 million Americans have applied for unemployment in just 10 weeks.

A rebellious Texas bar is banning masks in Texas, and gyms in multiple states are suing for the right to open as frustrations mount at the pace of the nation’s economic awakening.

There are more than 5.9 million confirmed cases around the world, with 1.7 million in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. More than 358,000 people have died worldwide. 

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Here are a few major developments:

  • The U.S. reached a grim milestone, with more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths over a

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US designer makes coronavirus face masks with holes in for drinking straws

US designer makes coronavirus face masks with holes in for drinking straws

A US textiles designer has created a line of coronavirus face mask coverings featuring a hole for a drinking straw.

Ellen Macober, an artist based in New Orleans, has launched a number of mask styles, from those adorned with sequins to bold animal prints, with a small hole in the front to allow users to shield themselves against viruses while enjoying a drink.

The designer said the masks allow “an easier way to participate in hands free social distance drinking.” Macober ensures customers that the hole created for drinking straws in the masks is “covered at all times by an interior flap”, enabling the mask to provide full coverage of mouth and nose when the straw hole is not being used.

Macober stresses on her website that fabric masks, including her designs “do not protect you from Covid-19”. When explaining the function of her masks, she said: “Fabric face masks

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The origins of medical masks

The origins of medical masks

A mysterious and deadly disease rips through the population causing a fearful public to adopt hastily-made masks as experts debate how best to slow the spread of infection.

A scene this week from cities in Europe and the United States tiptoeing out of lockdown?

Not quite. It was more than a century ago during the Manchurian plague when masks were taking their place as the most visible tool of epidemic control. Then as now, geopolitics and distrust of science threatened to derail the public health response.

Quarantines, contact tracing, and other measures adopted by governments today to slow the spread of the new coronavirus all echo plague responses over the centuries.

Today’s efforts to supply personal protective equipment for medical staff and debates about whether to wear masks in public reflect evolving ideas about face coverings as our understanding of contagion develops.

The idea that diseases could be transmitted from

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Napa County Adopts State Order, Requires Face Masks In Businesses

Napa County Adopts State Order, Requires Face Masks In Businesses

NAPA COUNTY, CA — Napa County modified its shelter-at-home order Thursday to reflect the state of California’s “Roadmap to Modify the Stay at Home Order,” which permits businesses to gradually reopen through a state-guided process.

During this gradual reopening period, Napa County said it is adding a layer of protection against transmission of COVID-19 among residents and workers by requiring cloth face coverings at all times while inside businesses, and in workplaces when six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained between people.

“Today’s modified order is effective immediately, and is issued with no end date,” Napa County Spokeswoman Elizabeth Scott said Thursday afternoon in a news release.

The order remains in effect until it is modified, amended or rescinded by Napa County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Relucio.

The requirement for cloth face coverings — masks — goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and is to prevent asymptomatic

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The Best DIY Hair Masks for Every Hair Type, According to Stylists

The Best DIY Hair Masks for Every Hair Type, According to Stylists

Now that in-salon trims and treatments are on an indefinite hiatus, the health of our hair is entirely up to us. One of the easiest ways to give your locks some love at home? Make a DIY hair mask. Besides being a huge money saver, a homemade hair mask virtually guarantees the ingredients you’re slathering on your strands are all-natural and non-toxic.

“Plant-based ingredients are holistic, meaning a single ingredient will deliver a variety of benefits and won’t have any negative consequences, such as leaving behind chemical buildup or residue,” says Devin Toth, a hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York.

And because you’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into your hair and scalp, you’ll have an easier time tweaking your DIY formulas so that you can score the best possible results for your hair type and the particular brand of hair drama you’re combatting.

How to get the

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Exercising With Face Masks Strongly Encouraged In LA

Exercising With Face Masks Strongly Encouraged In LA

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Los Angeles County residents are now required to wear face coverings at all essential businesses and in public in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Manhattan Beach city officials announced Wednesday. Health and city officials are strongly encouraging people to keep social distancing, maintaining 6-feet distance from people, and asking people to wear face coverings while exercising in public.

All essential businesses must enforce the face coverings requirement as the county works to help “flatten the curve” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Runners, cyclists, walkers and anyone exercising in public are encouraged to take the important safety precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic and cover their faces outdoors.

“We have a highly active community that prides itself on physical fitness. During these times, everyone should take additional precautions where possible. The entire City Council and I encourage the community to go beyond the County’s orders and wear face coverings

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Chilean seniors look to the sky for medicine and masks

ZAPALLAR (Reuters) – The small Chilean beach enclave of Zapallar has turned to high-tech drones to deliver medications, masks and hand sanitizer to its elderly in remote areas as the coronavirus continues its advance across the largely rural South American nation.

A heavy-duty four-propeller drone, complete with landing gear, is loaded with a bag of supplies in the city center then blasts off across the parched, hilly landscape to reach areas that are as much as a two-hour walk from the nearest pharmacy.

Chile has confirmed more than 10,000 cases of coronavirus in the nearly two months since the outbreak began. The country has placed strict limits on visits to nursing homes and implemented a system of selective, regional quarantines to isolate those who are sick.

Zapallar has yet to report a case of coronavirus. But its pilot drone program is designed to keep the elderly and poor, many who

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We may need to wear masks for ‘at least a year,’ experts suggest

We may need to wear masks for ‘at least a year,’ experts suggest

As the coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S., millions of Americans are asking when they’ll see daily life return to normal again.

Public spaces are closed, a majority of the country is under stay-at-home orders and handshakes seem like a thing of the past. Last week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their guidance on face masks: At first, people were advised not to wear masks in public; now, the CDC and other health experts say they can be a vital part of slowing the spread of the virus.

Experts say that even when daily life returns to normal, it’s likely Americans and others around the world will still be wearing masks.

Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)
Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

In an interview with AccuWeather, Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer in global affairs at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, said

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Designer Masks, Cops Get Groceries, Primary Delayed: News Nearby

Designer Masks, Cops Get Groceries, Primary Delayed: News Nearby

There was plenty of news across Georgia on Thursday. If you missed any of it on your local Patch, here’s a roundup of the top stories from the past 24 hours.

Publix, Kroger, Walmart, Aldi: GA Easter Grocery Store Hours 2020

From Publix, Aldi, Target and BJ’s Wholesale to Trader Joe’s, Walmart and more, here are Georgia grocery store hours for Easter 2020.

Country Star Donates $200K To Hometown Hospital: Coronavirus

Country star Jason Aldean supported his hometown by donating $200,000 to assist with healthcare needs at Navicent Health in Macon.

Retired Ballet Costume Designer Distributes Masks: GA Coronavirus

A retired Georgia ballet costume designer has been sewing face masks to distribute to health-care professionals and nursing homes.

Smyrna Police Are Picking Up Groceries: GA Coronavirus

Smyrna police officers are picking up and delivering groceries and medicine to those 62 and older during the coronavirus pandemic.

More GA Jobless Claims

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The new coronavirus might spread when people talk, but scientists say masks can help

The new coronavirus might spread when people talk, but scientists say masks can help

A man wears a mask in a Metro tunnel in downtown Los Angeles. Scientists say it's possible that the new coronavirus can spread through talking or breathing. <span class="copyright">(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A man wears a mask in a Metro tunnel in downtown Los Angeles. Scientists say it’s possible that the new coronavirus can spread through talking or breathing. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

It’s possible that the new coronavirus can spread from person to person simply by talking, or even breathing, according to new guidance from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The limited studies examined by a National Academies committee on emerging infectious diseases suggest that people who are infected with the novel virus may exhale infectious “bioaerosols” — although if they do, it’s not clear whether the amount would be enough to make another person sick.

“The results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing,” the head of the committee, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, wrote in a letter to to Kelvin K. Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science

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