Coronavirus: Could homemade masks help stop infected people spreading virus?

Some could even be luxury branded. At the weekend, fashion house Chanel said it was mobilising dozens of its dressmakers to produce masks and gowns and would “start production as soon as the prototypes and raw materials have been approved”.

America Is Learning to Tolerate the Face Mask

The president seemed to be implying that a masked country couldn’t be our country—that such a sight would be alien and alarming, and thus hopefully a short-lived ordeal. It was an expression of the stigma long attached to mask-wearing in the Western world, as opposed to many Asian countries, where those who don’t wear masks […]

You’re not too cool to wear a face mask

“When the situation changes, the rulebook changes,” Dr Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health officer, said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re seeing our numbers increasing even sooner than we predicted and that means our strategy must change too. Covering your face doesn’t change the orders everyone must abide by to stay home as much as […]

Maybe it’s time for everyone to mask up, says CDC

Should healthy people be wearing masks when they’re outside to protect themselves and others? Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly said that ordinary citizens do not need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. And as health care workers around the world face shortages […]

Hundreds of brides and grooms kiss wearing surgical masks at mass wedding amid coronavirus fears in the Philippines

‘It feels different to kiss while wearing masks, but it was required,’ said John Paul Inventor, 39, who married his partner of seven years and the mother of their two children. ’The place was jam-packed.’

Anger as Japanese Prime Minister offers two cloth masks per family while refusing to declare coronavirus emergency

Mask use has been widespread in Asia since the beginning of the pandemic, but shortages and conflicting advice in many western countries has caused many people to go without, despite widespread evidence that masks help protect against the spread of the virus.

L.A. mayor urges city’s residents to wear masks when not home in bid to curb COVID-19’s spread

While the non-medical face coverings might provide some additional protection, “Californians should not have a false sense of security if they choose to wear them,” Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said. “Make sure you’re also staying 6 feet away from other people if you have to leave your home to get groceries […]

Two masks, no lockdown: Japan PM’s latest coronavirus step riles social media

The leader of the opposition Democratic Party for the People, Yuichiro Tamaki, this week called on Abe to declare a state of emergency, while the Japan Medical Association pointed to a crisis at hospitals in some regions, where beds for virus patients are full and doctors and nurses are getting infected.

Coronavirus: World Health Organisation to review whether masks help prevent COVID-19 spread

“That’s clearly not right. But masks definitely provide a level of protection and I’ve been very interested to see in some countries recently they’ve been beginning to mandate the wearing of masks, whereas masks have not been part of the solution in this country so far.”

For the deaf or hard of hearing, face masks pose new challenge

A whopping 15% of American adults report hearing loss, but many people never learn to sign because they lose their hearing gradually. Some of these people — like my grandmother and perhaps yours, too — rely on lip-reading. To help these individuals who are not fluent in ASL, but still have some hearing, essential workers […]