Fashion mask – BK Masks http://bkmasks.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 14:39:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://bkmasks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-150x150.png Fashion mask – BK Masks http://bkmasks.com/ 32 32 N95, KN95 or KF94? How to find the right Covid mask https://bkmasks.com/n95-kn95-or-kf94-how-to-find-the-right-covid-mask/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 14:29:00 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/n95-kn95-or-kf94-how-to-find-the-right-covid-mask/ The rapid spread of the infectious variant of Omicron has prompted many people to try and upgrade to a better quality mask. But that’s easier said than done. Anyone who has purchased a mask online or in stores has discovered a dizzying array in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Knowing which mask to […]]]>

The rapid spread of the infectious variant of Omicron has prompted many people to try and upgrade to a better quality mask. But that’s easier said than done.

Anyone who has purchased a mask online or in stores has discovered a dizzying array in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Knowing which mask to choose and making sure it’s not a counterfeit requires the detective skills of a forensic investigator. And once you’ve picked one, it’s always a gamble; many people find that they have ordered a mask that is too big or too small for their face or that simply does not fit.

“Nobody made it easy, that’s for sure,” said Bill Taubner, president of Good Faith Masks, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Powecom and Harley KN95 masks, which are sourced from China. “A lot of people end up doing a lot of research.”

Unlike cloth masks, high-quality masks – called N95, KN95 and KF94 – are made with layers of high-tech filter material that trap at least 94-95% of the most dangerous particles. Under the microscope, the filters look like dense forests of tangled fibers that capture even the most difficult-to-trap particles that can bounce and escape from the fibers of cloth masks. High quality masks also have an electrostatically charged filter that helps attract and trap particles.

At the start of the pandemic, high-quality medical and respiratory masks were in short supply. Now, the problem is that there are so many different masks for sale that it’s hard to know which have been tested and certified by government agencies and which are counterfeit. Test studies found that many counterfeit masks don’t even offer the same level of protection as a cloth mask. We interviewed mask makers, importers, public health officials, and independent researchers for advice on choosing a quality mask. Here is a guide.

Masks come in different shapes and sizes. You will find “cut” style masks, “duckbill” masks and “flat” masks. The best mask is one that fits your face perfectly and is comfortable. Start by ordering in small quantities and experimenting with different styles to find the one that best suits your face. Many masks are described as “one size fits all”. But some come in small or large sizes. “You don’t get the full benefit of a respirator if you put it on and it doesn’t form a seal on your face,” said Nicole Vars McCullough, 3M corporate vice president for personal safety, the America’s largest manufacturer of N95 masks. .

the N95 The respirator mask is regulated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost all N95 masks use headbands – two elastic bands that wrap behind the head. If a mask claiming to be an N95 has ear loops, it’s most likely a fake. The CDC has a guide to spot fake N95s.

the KN95 is similar to the N95, but has ear loops and is designed to meet Chinese standards for medical masks. Some people prefer them for their comfort and because they are smaller in size. Although you can find legitimate KN95 masks, the supply chain is riddled with counterfeits and there is little regulation or oversight of the product. A study revealed that 60 percent of KN95 supply in the United States are counterfeits. Keep reading to find out how to spot them.

the KF94 is a high quality mask that folds flat and is made in Korea. It is designed specifically for the consumer market. The KF stands for “Korean filter” and the 94 means that it filters out 94% of particles. Masks are heavily regulated in Korea, reducing the risk of counterfeits. However, some fake masks made in China may be labeled KF94, so buyers still need to do their homework.

The mask market is particularly tricky for parents looking to find masks for children. No N95 mask has been approved for children, so any mask that claims to be an N95 for children is a fake. However, the N95s come in S/M sizes which might fit some older kids. Both KN95 and KF94 masks have styles designed for children, so once you find one you should go through the same verification process you would use for an adult mask, using the links below.

Major retailers like Home Depot and Lowes typically work directly with NIOSH-approved manufacturers or their distributors, so if you find an N95 mask at a major retail store, you can be sure you’re getting the real one. It’s a good idea to check manufacturers’ websites to see where they sell their products and who their authorized distributors are, Dr. McCullough said. 3M has a dedicated area on its website to help consumers spot fake masks.

Finding a reliable mask on Amazon is trickier because you’ll see legitimate masks mixed in with knockoffs, although the differences aren’t always obvious. If you must use Amazon, try to shop directly at the on-site stores of mask makers like 3M Where Kimberly Clark. (You can usually find a link to a manufacturer’s online store just below a product’s name.)

If you’re buying a KF94 from Amazon, carefully examine the packaging to make sure it’s made in Korea and includes the required labeling (see below for details). Aaron Collins, an engineer who regularly tests masks and has acquired a YouTube Tracking like “Mask Nerd”, recommends buying KF94 from Korean beauty importers like To be in a good health Where KMactGenericName. Once you know the names of a few KF94 manufacturers, you can try finding their websites to find out where they are sold. For example, A happy life lists its five US distributors on its homepage.

You can sometimes find N95 and KN95 masks for sale directly from a mask manufacturer’s website, like Demetech and United States. You can also search for companies that are exclusive distributors of KN95 masks, such as Good Faith Masks. The non-profit site Project N95 is also a reliable place to shop.

Legitimate N95s and KN95s must have specific text stamped on the front of the mask. While you can find one in a fun color, masks that are printed with fancy designs or have no text on them are probably fake.

Your N95 should be stamped “NIOSH”, along with the company name, model and batch numbers, and something called a “TC approval” number, which can be used to look up the mask on a list of those approved. The CDC has created an infographic showing you what print to look for on your N95.

A legitimate KN95 must also be stamped with text, including the manufacturer’s name, model, and “GB2626-2019”, which refers to a quality control standard approved by the Chinese government.

The KF94 will not be stamped with text, but the packaging must state “Made in Korea” and include the product name, manufacturer, and distributor name. The package will also have an expiration date and lot number printed on it. (Masks that carry an electrostatic charge all have expiration dates.) If your mask is from a Korean importer, the packaging information will be in Korean, but many companies have started creating packaging in English.

A number of resources have sprung up to help people navigate the mask buying process. Project N95 is a non-profit organization known for vetting its mask suppliers. Mr. Collins, the Mask Nerd, has created a number of lists and resources for mask shoppers. You can check out his Twitter feed, his Youtube channel and a spreadsheet he created almost 450 different masks and how they performed in his tests.

Mr. Collins is perhaps best known for his list of masks for children. Although there is no N95 mask for children approved in the United States, mask manufacturers in China and Korea have created KN95 and KF94 for children, some with adapted colors and prints. to children. Mr. Collins created an “introduction for parents” video on finding a high quality mask for kids that has over 100,000 views.

“I had retired from mask testing,” Mr Collins said, noting that he received no compensation for his work. “But I came out of retirement to do the kids video. The only place I’ve seen a list of test data is unfortunately me.

Wirecutter, a product review site owned by The New York Times, offers a guide to buying quality masks, a guide to buying masks for kids, and a list of 12 red flags that could signal your mask is counterfeit.

It’s not easy, but the CDC has a few lists you can use to confirm that a mask has been verified. One caveat: If you can’t find a particular mask, make sure you’ve searched for it the right way, said Anne Miller, executive director of Project N95. For example, a Gerson N95 mask will not be found under the letter “G”. It is listed under “L” because the full name of the company that makes it is Louis M. Gerson.

For N95 masks, go to the CDC’s alphabetical list NIOSH approved respirators. You can also find the TC approval number using the list of certified equipment.

For KN95 masks, you can use two Food and Drug Administration checklists. The FDA created these lists at the start of the pandemic, when the agency issued an emergency use authorization that allowed health workers to use KN95 masks due to an N95 shortage. Now that the supply of N95 is sufficient, the agency has revoked authorization for these workers, but other people can still use KN95s. Although the list is now a bit outdated, finding your mask on it reassures it’s less likely to be counterfeited – with the caveat that there’s no official US oversight for any of these companies anymore. You will need to scroll down to find the list and search box.

Use this list from the FDA to find KN95 masks made in China, and this list for KN95 masks made in other countries.

]]>
Face masks make people more attractive, study finds | Coronavirus https://bkmasks.com/face-masks-make-people-more-attractive-study-finds-coronavirus/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:08:00 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/face-masks-make-people-more-attractive-study-finds-coronavirus/ There have been very few bright spots during the Covid pandemic, but British academics may have discovered one: people look more attractive in face masks. Researchers from Cardiff University were surprised to find that both men and women were deemed to look better with a face covering that concealed the lower half of their face. […]]]>

There have been very few bright spots during the Covid pandemic, but British academics may have discovered one: people look more attractive in face masks.

Researchers from Cardiff University were surprised to find that both men and women were deemed to look better with a face covering that concealed the lower half of their face.

In what may be a blow to producers of fashionable coverings – and to the environment – ​​they also discovered that a face covered with a disposable type surgical mask was likely to be judged the most attractive.

Dr Michael Lewis, a reader from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology and an expert on faces, said research conducted before the pandemic had found that medical face masks reduced attractiveness because they were associated with disease or a disease.

“We wanted to test if this had changed since face coverings became ubiquitous and understand if the type of mask had an effect,” he said.

“Our study suggests that faces are considered more attractive when covered by medical masks. This may be because we are used to healthcare workers wearing blue masks and associate them with now to caregivers or medical people. At a time when we feel vulnerable, we may find wearing medical masks reassuring and therefore feel more positive about the wearer.

The first part of the research was carried out in February 2021, by which time the UK population had become accustomed to wearing masks in certain circumstances. Forty-three women were asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 the attractiveness of images of male faces without a mask, wearing a plain cloth mask, a blue medical mask and holding a plain black book covering the area with a face mask would hide.

Participants said those who wore a cloth mask were significantly more attractive than those who had no mask or whose face was partially obscured by the book. But the surgical mask – which was just a normal, disposable type – made the wearer even better.

“The findings run counter to pre-pandemic research where masks were thought to make people think about illness and the person should be avoided,” Lewis said.

“The pandemic has changed our psychology in how we perceive mask wearers. When you see someone wearing a mask you no longer think ‘this person has a disease, I have to stay away’.

“It’s about evolutionary psychology and why we select the mates we choose. Illness and signs of illness can play a big role in mate selection – previously any sign of illness would be a big hurdle. We can now observe a change in our psychology, so that face masks no longer act as a signal of contamination.

Lewis said it’s also possible masks make people more attractive because they direct attention to the eyes. He said other studies have shown that covering the left or right half of a face also makes people more attractive, in part because the brain fills in the missing gaps and exaggerates the overall impact.

The results of the first study has been published in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. A second study was carried out, in which a group of men look at masked women; it hasn’t been released yet, but Lewis said the results were broadly the same. The researchers did not ask the participants to specify their sexual orientations.

]]>
Main local titles | January 11, 2022 – WAVY.com https://bkmasks.com/main-local-titles-january-11-2022-wavy-com/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 19:09:41 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/main-local-titles-january-11-2022-wavy-com/ WAVY weather afternoon update | January 11, 2022 Mobile / 4 hours ago Video Morning weather update WAVY | January 11, 2022 Mobile / 12 hours ago Video WAVY weather night update | January 10, 2022 Mobile / 18 hours ago Video WAVY weather evening update | January 10, 2022 Mobile / 22 hours ago […]]]>

WAVY weather afternoon update | January 11, 2022

Mobile /

Morning weather update WAVY | January 11, 2022

Mobile /

WAVY weather night update | January 10, 2022

Mobile /

WAVY weather evening update | January 10, 2022

Mobile /

Brief weather forecast for Monday evening | January 10, 2022

Mobile /

WAVY weather afternoon update | January 10, 2022

Mobile /

Morning weather update WAVY | January 10, 2022

Mobile /

WAVY weather evening update | January 9, 2022

Mobile /

Sunday evening weather report | January 9, 2022

Mobile /

Morning weather update WAVY | January 9, 2022

Mobile /

Brief weather forecast for Sunday | January 9, 2022

Mobile /

WAVY weather evening update | January 8, 2022

Mobile /

]]>
CentraCare limiting visitors, requiring medical grade masks https://bkmasks.com/centracare-limiting-visitors-requiring-medical-grade-masks/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 21:45:10 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/centracare-limiting-visitors-requiring-medical-grade-masks/ ST. CLOUD – With the latest wave of COVID-19 cases, CentraCare will be implementing more requirements across all of its facilities. Starting Monday, CentraCare will require all patients and visitors two years of age and older to wear a medical grade face mask at all CentraCare and Carris Health facilities. CentraCare officials say studies have […]]]>

ST. CLOUD – With the latest wave of COVID-19 cases, CentraCare will be implementing more requirements across all of its facilities.

Starting Monday, CentraCare will require all patients and visitors two years of age and older to wear a medical grade face mask at all CentraCare and Carris Health facilities.

CentraCare officials say studies have shown that some fabric masks may not offer sufficient protection against the virus, especially against the burgeoning Omicron variant.

Patients and visitors wearing non-medical grade masks, including cloth masks, gaiters or bandanas, will have medical grade masks available to them upon entering.

From Tuesday, stricter restrictions for visitors will take effect. The new policy states that the only visitors allowed to enter CentraCare and Carris Health hospitals are those who visit patients under specific circumstances, including:

– End of life
– Seriously ill
– Parent / legal guardian of a minor patient
– Support person / legal guardian of an adult with cognitive, physical or developmental disabilities.
– Work support
– High-risk procedures requiring in-person discussions of care and informed consent

Visits in these situations will be limited to one healthy visitor (who must be the same person) for the entire hospital stay.

At CentraCare or Carris Health clinics, the only exceptions for visitors are:

– a healthy adult patient with cognitive, physical or developmental disorders
– two healthy adult visitors for underage patients.

All other visitors are not permitted at any facility at this time. These restrictions do not apply to long-term care facilities that follow separate guidelines.

15 iconic retail stores that no longer exist (but we totally miss shopping)


Source link

]]>
An upgrade to the Mask and Thoughts of Quad Mom # 399 | Opinion https://bkmasks.com/an-upgrade-to-the-mask-and-thoughts-of-quad-mom-399-opinion/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/an-upgrade-to-the-mask-and-thoughts-of-quad-mom-399-opinion/ Happy new year everyone. Hope you had a pleasant holiday and were able to exchange gifts and eat all the fig pudding and share the specialty of the season. I am certainly grateful this year to have someone to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” and rub my feet – that special someone with whom to […]]]>

Happy new year everyone. Hope you had a pleasant holiday and were able to exchange gifts and eat all the fig pudding and share the specialty of the season. I am certainly grateful this year to have someone to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” and rub my feet – that special someone with whom to share the existential terror of the daily news cycle.

Tucked away in our stockings this year were COVID-19 rapid tests and N95 face masks. “We should tell kids that the test kits are quick. I said as I got the swab ready to pierce Jay’s sinus cavity.

“It’s heartwarming,” Jay said, placing his swab sample in the tester. “It’s almost romantic. It reminds me of a pregnancy test. Oh, the nervous anticipation.

“I remember. You kept asking if it was a boy or a girl,” I said.

“COVID!

This was of course not the case. We were just kidding, super because of the candy cane cookies.

Jay was getting ready for dinner with his family. Everyone pre-tested and wore masks and practiced social distancing. Did they know how to get carried away for the Christmas season, or what?

I didn’t feel up to it because I felt weird carrying my portable oxygen and having conversations with a tube in my nose. I’m still recovering from COVID-19 pneumonia. Well, that’s not quite right. I always feel weird; large gatherings confuse me. One Christmas, my mom slipped me on one of her pain relievers to relax me, and I ended up singing German folk songs with my grandmother. In German! I didn’t even know I spoke German, let alone that I sang folk songs.

I’ve seen articles in Vogue and Glamor advertising N95 face masks online – which types are best, how important fabric leveling is, how to prepare for the new variations that are surging into the market. population. I feel bad now that I wasted my money on trendy and fun fabric face masks. What the hell was I thinking? I bought mermaid cat footprints and diva tributes, as well as a Tyrell Corp owl logo. Maybe when these deadly viruses turn Defcon blue or green, we can wear the old masks – the ones that match our outfits. Or something.

It’s debatable at this point anyway since I avoided leaving the house. Between The Snow-pocalypse and omicron AND my oxygen tank, the outer plaza seems to be triple stacked against me.

Jay teases and says “what are you saying? Either way, you never go outside.

“Well, sure. But now I don’t even have a choice. I mean, it’s probably worse,” I said.

A shining feature of the New Year is that I have started a new job writing a column for High Country News called “Heard Around the West”. It couldn’t be a nicer concert of writing. Because while the rest of the Daily News Crews research and report on disasters and climate change, car wrecks and COVID-19 deaths, I’ll be scouring the internet for stories that make people laugh. readers. Stories that inspire joy. Stories that elevate the human condition. And it really couldn’t be a better way to ring in the New Year – with some sort of resolve to keep some space for joy. Which will be an intentional practice, a routine.

So let me leave you on this: one story I followed concerns Grand Teton’s griz mom, Quad Mom # 399 and her four cubs. She was tagged at birth in 1996 and over the years has given birth to three different sets of triplets in addition to her current quad. She is the mother and grandmother of two dozen bears. Photographs of her and her current offspring show them foraging on public land through Grand Teton Park, Teton National Forest and in the Elk National Refuge. Cameras recorded the family wandering around downtown Jackson Hole.

I spent three summers and early falls in the Teton Valley and seeing these bears would have been akin to a religious experience depending on whether I was in the car or in the open field.

I will continue to think of those bears, snug and asleep in their den this winter. Just like I’m tucked away and warm in mine. I’m glad they don’t have the daily news or Twitter updates to care. But I also hope that they will stay out of trouble and have enough to eat.

Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. His essay book Bury My Heart by Chuck E. Cheese was a finalist for a Washington State Book Award. She enjoys composting and dashing walks in the dewy meadows. Midge lives in Moscow.


Source link

]]>
Oswego County Distributes Over 50,000 KN95 Masks | Oswego County https://bkmasks.com/oswego-county-distributes-over-50000-kn95-masks-oswego-county/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 18:24:48 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/oswego-county-distributes-over-50000-kn95-masks-oswego-county/ OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Emergency Management Office (EMO) distributes more than 50,000 KN95 masks in collaboration with municipalities, school districts and community organizations. Oswego County has received 51,599 KN95 face masks from New York State and the masks are available to municipalities and other community partners, who will then distribute the face masks […]]]>

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Emergency Management Office (EMO) distributes more than 50,000 KN95 masks in collaboration with municipalities, school districts and community organizations.

Oswego County has received 51,599 KN95 face masks from New York State and the masks are available to municipalities and other community partners, who will then distribute the face masks to residents and employees. KN95 face masks cover wearers’ noses and mouths and provide protection against COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Priority was given to the county’s most vulnerable populations and to employees and agencies serving high-risk populations. One thousand face masks have been allocated to each of the county’s school districts. Face masks were also allocated to each of the 33 municipalities in the county based on population.

“EMO distributes face masks to high-risk and vulnerable populations and makes masks available to residents of Oswego County through local municipalities,” said EMO Director Cathleen Palmitesso. “We are working diligently to distribute the masks in a timely manner to residents in need.”

EMO has contacted lawmakers, municipalities and city fire departments in recent days to inform them that distributions allocated to them are available to be picked up at county facilities. The locations and times of distribution will ultimately be determined by the municipalities and other community organizations receiving the masks. Face masks will also be provided to skilled nursing facilities and school districts in Oswego County.

Residents looking for KN95 masks should contact their city or town for distribution information.

The county also expects a delivery of COVID-19 tests to state homes in the near future, and plans will be made to distribute those tests based on priority and availability. As soon as the tests are available, the county will announce the distribution plans to the public.

For more information on Oswego County’s COVID-19 response, visit oswegocounty.com. For health related questions, visit the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 page at health.oswegocounty.com/covid-19 or call its COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330.

Under New York State Public Health Act, the Oswego County Department of Health is the local public health authority regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in County of Oswego. The Oswego County Department of Health is working closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 surveillance, response and reporting.

As an Amazon Associate, I earn Qualifying Purchases.


Source link

]]>
Giorgio Armani cancels his January menswear and couture shows – WWD https://bkmasks.com/giorgio-armani-cancels-his-january-menswear-and-couture-shows-wwd/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 13:32:15 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/giorgio-armani-cancels-his-january-menswear-and-couture-shows-wwd/ MILAN – Giorgio Armani does not take any risks. The designer has decided to cancel the Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani fall 2022 men’s fashion shows, which were due to take place in Milan on January 15 and 17, respectively. “This decision was taken with great regret and after careful consideration in light of the […]]]>

MILAN – Giorgio Armani does not take any risks.

The designer has decided to cancel the Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani fall 2022 men’s fashion shows, which were due to take place in Milan on January 15 and 17, respectively.

“This decision was taken with great regret and after careful consideration in light of the worsening epidemiological situation,” according to a statement from the Milanese fashion house. There are no plans for a digital version of the broadcasts.

Milan Men’s Fashion Week is scheduled to take place January 14-18.

Armani has also chosen to cancel its Privé haute couture spring 2022 show scheduled for later this month in Paris. Haute Couture should take place from January 24 to 27 in the French capital.

“As the creator has expressed it many times, shows are crucial and irreplaceable opportunities, but the health and safety of employees and the public must again be a priority,” the statement continued.

Despite the high vaccination rate in Italy, the country – like many others around the world – has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases from mid-December and during the Christmas and New Year holidays, with approximately 100,000 new infections daily and additional restrictive provisions. Milan and its region, Lombardy, have been hit hard by the new Omicron variant, and have recently returned to being classified as a “yellow zone”, which means a return to wearing a face mask in all public places, at the same time. both indoors and outdoors, among other restrictions. In France, infections are at their peak with more than 160,000 new cases every day.

In February 2020, when the first wave of the coronavirus began to hit Italy, Armani decided to keep the women’s fashion show of its signature brand behind closed doors, filmed in an empty room, without press or buyers and visible on armani.com , the brand’s Instagram and Facebook accounts.

The designer had planned to hold two shows around this time in his Via Bergognone headquarters, closing Milan Fashion Week, which started on February 19, but the decision was made to avoid exposing guests to dangers to their health.


Source link

]]>
Britain Wrong About Covid: Long Lockdown Did More Harm than Good, Scientist Says | Coronavirus https://bkmasks.com/britain-wrong-about-covid-long-lockdown-did-more-harm-than-good-scientist-says-coronavirus/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 12:27:29 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/britain-wrong-about-covid-long-lockdown-did-more-harm-than-good-scientist-says-coronavirus/ Tit was a distinctive moment, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which perfectly summed up the mistakes and confusion of Britain’s early efforts to fight the disease, said Mark Woolhouse. During a briefing No.10 in March 2020, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove warned that the virus does not discriminate. “Everyone is in danger,” he announced. […]]]>

Tit was a distinctive moment, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which perfectly summed up the mistakes and confusion of Britain’s early efforts to fight the disease, said Mark Woolhouse. During a briefing No.10 in March 2020, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove warned that the virus does not discriminate. “Everyone is in danger,” he announced.

And nothing could be further from the truth, says Professor Woolhouse, an infectious disease expert at the University of Edinburgh. “I’m afraid Gove’s statement is just plain wrong,” he said. “In fact, it is a very discriminatory virus. Some people are at a much higher risk than others. People over 75 are 10,000 times more at risk than those under 15. “

And it was this inability to understand the wide variations in individual responses to Covid-19 that led to Britain’s imperfect responses to the onset of the disease, he argues – errors that included the imposition of ‘a long-term national lockdown. This is a strategy that Woolhouse – one of the country’s leading epidemiologists – describes as morally wrong and very damaging in his next book, The year the world went mad: a scientific dissertation.

“We have seriously injured our children and young adults who have been deprived of their education, their jobs and their normal existence, as well as their future prospects, while having to inherit a record mountain of public debts, “he said. argues. “All this to protect the NHS from a disease which poses a far greater threat to the elderly, frail and infirm than to the young and healthy.

“We were fascinated by the magnitude of the emergency once a century and only succeeded in making the crisis worse. In short, we panicked. It was an epidemic that called for a precision public health approach and it is the opposite.

Michael Gove has told the country the virus does not discriminate but is wrong, according to a leading epidemiologist. Photograph: PRU / AFP / Getty Images

Rather than impose blanket closures across the country, the government should have adopted measures designed to secure contacts, Woolhouse maintains. “You can see from the UK data that people were reducing their contact with each other as cases increased and before the lockdown was imposed. That, coupled with safe measures for Covid, such as masks and testing, would have been enough to control the spread. “

The largely voluntary behavior change worked in Sweden and it should have been allowed to progress in the UK, argues Woolhouse. Instead, we went for a forced national lockdown, in part because, for the first time in history, we could. Enough business is now done online to enable large swathes of society to function well enough – through video conferencing and online shopping. “But it was a lazy solution to a new coronavirus outbreak, as well as an extremely damaging solution,” he adds.

However, Woolhouse is working to reject the ideas of those who advocated the full openness of society, including academics who backed Barrington’s statement that proposed that the Covid-19 virus be allowed to circulate until ” enough people have been infected to obtain herd immunity.

“It would have led to a much bigger epidemic than the one we finally experienced in 2020,” says Woolhouse. “There was also a lack of a compelling plan to adequately protect the most vulnerable members of society, the elderly and the immunocompromised. “

Instead, the country should have put in much more effort to protect vulnerable people. More than 30,000 people have died from Covid-19 in British care homes. On average, each household has received an additional £ 250,000 from the government to protect against the virus, he calculates. “Much more should have been spent on ensuring the protection of care homes,” said Woolhouse, who also lambasted the government for offering nothing more than a letter telling those who protect elderly parents and other vulnerable people in their own homes to take precautions.

The nation could have spent several thousand pounds per household on providing routine testing and helping to implement safe Covid measures for those who protect others and it still would have been a small fraction of the 300 billion pounds that we ultimately spent on our response to the pandemic, he argues. Indeed, Woolhouse particularly despises the neglect of “protectors,” such as nursing home workers and informal caregivers. “These people stood between the vulnerable and the virus, but for most of 2020 they received minimal recognition and received no help.”

Britain has spent a fortune to suppress the virus and will still service the debt incurred for generations to come, he adds. “In contrast, we spent next to nothing to protect vulnerable people in the community. We should have and could have invested in both suppression and protection. We only chose one.

And Woolhouse insists further lockdowns are not the way to deal with future waves of Covid-19. “Containment is not a public health policy. They signify a failure of public health policy, ”he says.

Instead, the country needs, very quickly, not to be surprised by new variations and not to respond to each on an ad hoc basis. “We should agree on a sliding scale of interventions and trigger points for their implementation. With omicron, everything seems a bit chaotic. We need better planning and preparation for the arrival of the next variant, which will certainly be the case. “


Source link

]]>
Take the Time to Explain Disability to Your Children | Characteristics https://bkmasks.com/take-the-time-to-explain-disability-to-your-children-characteristics/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 06:00:00 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/take-the-time-to-explain-disability-to-your-children-characteristics/ As I prepared to write this article, I thought about topic after topic, trying to find the right angle to encompass both the Christmas spirit and the hope I have for my community this season. A memory of last year suddenly struck me, and even though it was only a small moment in the Walmart […]]]>

As I prepared to write this article, I thought about topic after topic, trying to find the right angle to encompass both the Christmas spirit and the hope I have for my community this season.

A memory of last year suddenly struck me, and even though it was only a small moment in the Walmart queue, it made a lasting impression.

The typical holiday hustle and bustle was all around me that day and I was glad I finally got to check it out. A mom, who had her three children in tow, was behind me and seemed equally grateful to end a hectic trip to Walmart.

She was holding what appeared to be a one year old and her other two were a curious but very friendly boy and girl who appeared to be between 9 and 11 years old. These adorable kids had done everything but scan my groceries for me, questioning every item I had moved from my cart to the conveyor belt.

Remember, this happened last year in the midst of COVID, so I was wearing my mask.

Much like Amanda, it was a cloth mask made from puzzle pieces. Most people recognize this mask as autism awareness, however, to me it represents Puzzle Pieces, the association that I founded and that has become my life’s mission.

These two children had a lot of questions. Despite the chaos of checking out at Walmart in the height of the holiday season, I tried to chat with them as much as possible while the cashier scanned and packed my purchases.

“Are all of these gifts for your children?” One of them asked.

“In fact, these gifts are for a few families who need a little help this year to make Christmas even more special,” I replied.

The little girl looked me in the eyes over her mask. “Wow, you’re so sweet,” the little girl said.

I smiled, even though she couldn’t see him under my mask.

“I love your mask and all the colors,” said the boy,

“This mask represents autism awareness,” the mother quickly intervened.

The little boy stopped and then asked, “What is autism?

This question – and questions like this – have touched me hard all my life. Growing up with a brother with an intellectual disability prepared me for these kinds of questions.

I have answered it so many times in my personal and now professional life that I love these moments because they give me the opportunity to educate.

The boy’s mother stopped, tripped over a few words, and finally told him, “It’s hard to explain. I really do not know.

She tried to relate an explanation by identifying a relative, but she quickly gave up.

This has happened more times than I can count. I am guilty of the same when it comes to other matters with my own children.

Parents tend not to explain or educate children about the diversity in the world because they are afraid to say the wrong thing.

Or maybe they just don’t even know themselves. I’m sure this mom was trying to explain autism to her son, but doing it in front of a lady (me), who was wearing an autism awareness mask, I was just a little too intimidated.

I jumped in quickly, offering grace to this mom and a response to these kids, who showed the perfect dose of curiosity and respect. Now, I don’t remember the exact thing I said to those children that day, but I have offered this explanation countless times.

Here is the general idea of ​​how I think it is best to explain intellectual disability to your children:

Every person in this world is not the same. And this is a good thing. Some of us are better than others. Just as our appearance and our body are not the same, our brains are also different from each other. Because our brains are different, it causes us to think, act, and communicate in many different and interesting ways.

The wiring in our brains is where most disabilities, like autism, form. Having a disability is not a bad thing or a sad thing. It’s just different than what you and I are used to, so it’s hard for us to understand. However, no matter how different our brains are, the one thing we all have in common is our desire to be loved, accepted, and to have friends. It’s an important job that we all have as people in this world to see the value of everyone, even if they happen to have a disability.

After I finished saying a version of that rehearsed script that I have said so many times before, the little boy said something that I will never forget.

“I think I’m a little different too and I want people to be friends with me.”

As I left Walmart that day, I knew this child would grow up to accept others and embrace inclusion.

And what did it take? A simple conversation with a stranger at the Walmart checkout.

My hope for this community this Christmas season is that we embrace the same respectful curiosity of this young boy. Be intentional in learning about others different from yourself.

Educate your children about different races, abilities, and ways of loving others. Have uncomfortable conversations, even if they seem strange to you. You are helping to build a more inclusive Owensboro and, most importantly, a more open world.

Give your children the most important gift this season: lessons in acceptance, respect, love and kindness.

Amanda Owen is the Founder and Executive Director of Puzzle Pieces. Follow Amanda Pieces of Me’s blog and podcast: Perspectives on Inclusion and Acceptance, www.pieceofme.org.

Amanda Owen is the Founder and Executive Director of Puzzle Pieces. Follow Amanda Pieces of Me’s blog and podcast: Perspectives on Inclusion and Acceptance, www.pieceofme.org.


Source link

]]>
Why the balaclava has invaded social networks https://bkmasks.com/why-the-balaclava-has-invaded-social-networks/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 09:23:03 +0000 https://bkmasks.com/why-the-balaclava-has-invaded-social-networks/ Written by Lea Dolan, CNN Scroll through Instagram, TikTok, or Pinterest this winter and you’ll see thousands of young faces framed inside what looks like an overgrown knitted sock. The balaclava, sometimes referred to as a ski mask, has become an unusual sartorial staple – and a late entry into the race to claim 2021’s […]]]>

Written by Lea Dolan, CNN

Scroll through Instagram, TikTok, or Pinterest this winter and you’ll see thousands of young faces framed inside what looks like an overgrown knitted sock. The balaclava, sometimes referred to as a ski mask, has become an unusual sartorial staple – and a late entry into the race to claim 2021’s hottest fashion trend.

Usually made from wool, mohair, or some form of yarn, the helmet leaves room for a large hole for the face or just for the eyes. On TikTok, at the time of writing, 102.6 million videos are attached to the hashtag “#balaclava”, while another 248,000 people on Instagram have posted to the quirky accessory. Interest is also on the rise on Google, with the question “how to knit a balaclava” having risen by over 5,000% in the past 12 months, likely thanks to Gen Z’s favorite pandemic hobby.

“Recent designs of balaclavas like Stella McCartney through to those currently on sale at Zara are fueling demand for all ages,” Jessica Payne, fashion manager at Pinterest, said via email. She noted that searches for balaclavas had jumped 230% since early November.

The balaclava is the basic knitted item for winter on every catwalk and social media feed. Credit: Edward Berthelot / Getty Images

The accessory has become a winter favorite, in part because of its convenience in a world where masks are mandatory. “I think (the trend is) 90% due to the fact that people are now more comfortable having part of their face covered. ” commented a user on TikTok. “This trend fits so well into the pandemic,” agreed another.
But balaclavas have also been a mainstay of the podium this year, from the hallucinatory checkerboard style mask of the late Virgil Abloh to the avant-garde touch of Givenchy with knitted devil horns. Perceptive-eyed fashionistas may also remember the accessory from the Miu Miu runway show at Paris Fashion Week last March, where he appeared with slip-on dresses and snow boots against the backdrop of the Italian mountains of the Dolomites. Balaclavas have also featured in recent collections by Moschino, Balmain, Marine Serre and Raf Simmons before ending up in brands like Urban Outfitters and Weekday.
The late Virgil Abloh dressed models in balaclavas during the Louis Vuitton men's show during Paris Fashion Week in June.

The late Virgil Abloh dressed models in balaclavas during the Louis Vuitton men’s show during Paris Fashion Week in June. Credit: Dominique Charriau / WireImage / Getty Images

But not all ski goggle reinventions have been successful. In 2019, Gucci removed its controversial ‘balaclava sweater’ and released a apologies, after reviews that the black and red design looked like blackface.

Post-soviet style

So where did the balaclava come from and how has it captured the imaginations of some of the industry’s top designers?

Historically, the balaclava is more often associated with war tactics than with trail trends. These masks take their name from the Ukrainian port city of Balaclava, the scene of a battle in 1854 during the Crimean War, where British and Irish troops were sent to fight Russian soldiers in freezing conditions. Morale during the war was low, not least because the British Army arrived with nothing but their worn summer uniform. When news of this scandalous shortage of supplies returned to the UK, British women started to knit full hats for their men and ship them to the barracks.
The knitted headgear has since become symbolic Eastern European militias after being used by pro-Russian separatist protesters to evade surveillance. To many, they read as markers of threatening and unconventional behavior, but in recent years more whimsical connections have been made, with candy-colored and bunny-eared versions easy to find.
Balaclavas have a military history, stemming from the Crimean War in the 19th century and which continues today.

Balaclavas have a military history, stemming from the Crimean War in the 19th century and which continues today. Credit: Sergei Supinsky / AFP / Getty Images

But the balaclava is just one example of fashion inspiration recently drawn from the Eastern Bloc. In 2017, a young Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy was considered one of the most exciting names in menswear for his designs reinventing post-Soviet youth culture: sparse, minimalist tracksuit sets sporting only large ’90s zeitgeist brand logos (think FILA and Kappa) and Cyrillic phrases.

According to Rachel Tashjian, resident fashion critic at GQ, the balaclava bubble probably started around this time in 2018 thanks to luxury streetwear brand Vetements, co-founded by Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia (known as Demna), who also heads the creative direction at Balenciaga. (At the Met Gala this fall, Demna dressed Kim Kardashian West in a black bodysuit and full face mask). At the time, Vetements released an accessorized collection of militant balaclavas and flowery silk scarves wrapped around baseball caps.

It was “all the rage in Eastern Europe with a delay of 20 years,” Tashjian said by email. “The attitude of the collection was both menacing and grandmother, the result of rebuilding flea market clothing from other periods into something new.”

Demna Gvasalia and Kim Kardashian showed up at the Met Gala last September with their faces fully masked.

Demna Gvasalia and Kim Kardashian showed up at the Met Gala last September with their faces fully masked. Credit: John Shearer / WireImage / Getty Images

There’s no denying that we’re seeing a resurgence in appreciation for the Slavic style, with searches for the phrase “Russian aesthetic” on Pinterest in the UK in the week of December 7th alone. Nostalgia for post-Soviet culture has also boiled over social media for the past two years. #Sovietaesthetic hashtag has 4.7 million views on TikTok, filled with videos of young teens romanticize brutalist architecture and the imagined melancholy ambience of life after the fall of the USSR. Many videos were recorded by Belarusian synth-pop trio Molchat Doma, who in 2020 rose to fame when their music went viral on the app overnight.
As for the chunky knitted garment that’s currently holding your Instagram feed hostage, it could stick around for the foreseeable future. According to influencer and trend forecaster TikTok Mandy Lee, that ticks several boxes, from the “accessible trend” of DIY knits, to the “apocalyptic” or “glamorous” look, depending on how it’s styled, a- she declared in a video on the app. It’s also very functional instead of a winter hat and scarf, she added, which could help extend its lifespan.

“Usually trends that serve a purpose end up lasting longer in the cycle,” she commented, adding, “(The balaclava) makes me really horny.”

Top image: Influencer Maria Barteczko, wearing a black balaclava beanie by Weekday during a street style shoot on November 19, 2021 in Cologne, Germany.


Source link

]]>