These are the most helpful articles along the way as we have navigated our family’s approach to COVID-19. If you only have time for a few, these are the top three:
- How Exactly Do You Catch Covid-19? There Is a Growing Consensus
- No new COVID-19 cases after infected Missouri hairstylists worked with over 140. How?
- COVID-19: Straight Answers from Top Epidemiologist Who Predicted the Pandemic
If Anyone Doubts Whether Masks Work, Just Look At These Photos
Microbiologist Rich Davis demonstrates the results of sneezing, talking, singing, and coughing with a mask and without one.
Tracking COVID in N.H.: Three of four goals are now met
"The Concord Monitor is keeping track of four measurements often cited as indicators of how the COVID-19 pandemic is progressing. This is our third weekly update. When all four measures are met consistently we’ll have a good argument that the pandemic is under control in New Hampshire."
How a West Baltimore nursing home has zero COVID-19 infections | COMMENTARY
"DeWitt and his staff did all this before seeing directives from government agencies. 'We didn’t wait for guidance from the Centers for Disease Control or from the Maryland Department of Health or from Baltimore City,' he says. 'We did what we thought was prudent at the very beginning of the pandemic.’"
How Exactly Do You Catch Covid-19? There Is a Growing Consensus
"It’s not common to contract Covid-19 from a contaminated surface, scientists say. And fleeting encounters with people outdoors are unlikely to spread the coronavirus. Instead, the major culprit is close-up, person-to-person interactions for extended periods. Crowded events, poorly ventilated areas and places where people are talking loudly—or singing, in one famous case—maximize the risk."
No new COVID-19 cases after infected Missouri hairstylists worked with over 140. How?
"Missouri health officials discovered no new coronavirus cases after two infected hairstylists served dozens of clients at a Great Clips hair salon.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says the incubation period has passed after the hairstylists worked on 140 people at the location in Springfield. Six coworkers also were potentially exposed." How did it happen that these two hairstylists didn’t infect a single other co-worker or client?
COVID-19: Straight Answers from Top Epidemiologist Who Predicted the Pandemic
infection happens with sufficient time and dosage. Cut down on the time and dosage, and infection is less likely.
About Cloth Face Coverings
CDC: "Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others."
Why My Church Will Wear Masks
"We know many see masks as political. They are not political. They are practical. We know many see them as an infringement on their rights. Perhaps, if you are wanting to go to Target. But not if you want to come to church. The church is a family. We are to love and protect one another." Steve Bezner is a pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer based in Houston. His post explains his reasoning and gives links to the supporting evidence. Plus there’s a Mandalorian quote at the end!
Over 100 Prominent Academics Call For Cloth Mask Requirements
"Scientific evidence is strong that mask use can help save lives, restore jobs, and slow the pandemic."
Is Congregational Singing Dangerous?
This early article lists concerns and possible solutions.
The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them
"The reason to highlight these different outbreaks is to show you the commonality of outbreaks of COVID-19. All these infection events were indoors, with people closely-spaced, with lots of talking, singing, or yelling. The main sources for infection are home, workplace, public transport, social gatherings, and restaurants. This accounts for 90% of all transmission events."
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission
CDC: "It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others."