COVID-19 continues to be front and center in the news and our lives. The US has over 884,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases with the virus claiming more than 50,300 lives. Job losses continue to grow. According to the Labor Department, the number of Americans applying for state unemployment benefits over the most recent five jobless claims reports is 26.45 million. Michigan, and other states, have adjusted Stay-at-Home orders in an effort to move toward reopening the economy.
Today, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a new Executive Order that relaxes some of the prior Stay-At-Home restrictions by allowing golfing (no carts), in-state travel, motor boating as well as the opening of some businesses such as garden stores – all are subject to social distancing rules. The Executive Order requires everyone to wear some sort of face covering when out in public (effective April 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm).
The links for this Weekend Reading series provides helpful information on cloth face masks, sheds light on new medical findings and their influence on COVID-19 treatment, and quarantine tips and reading!
1. Revisiting Cloth Face Mask – New Tips
- The New York Times – Help! My Mask Fogs My Glasses – Health workers have a few tricks for solving this vexing problem
- The New York Times – Children May Be Afraid of Masks. Here’s How to Help
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (includes DIY face mask)
- CDC: Cloth Face Coverings Do’s & Don’ts
2. Learning More Every Day
- The New York Times: What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago
- The Atlantic: Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others COVID-19 is proving to be a disease of the immune system. This could, in theory, be controlled
- Washington Post: A mysterious blood-clotting complication is killing coronavirus patients
3. Self-Quarantine Tips and Reading
- The New York Times: The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow
- Washington Post: Lessons from the confinement
- The Atlantic: Humans Are Too Optimistic to Comprehend the Coronavirus – Why Americans didn’t see this pandemic coming