Daily Digest 5/28 – 1/3 of Americans Show Signs of Clinical Anxiety or Depression, States Are Banning This One Type of Face Mask


The largest lockdown in the world is ending. India is bracing for what comes next. (tmn)

In recent weeks, the government has relaxed curbs on movement, transportation, commerce and manufacturing. Large gatherings remain prohibited, and ­international flights are still banned. But experts say loosening the restrictions means cases will increase at faster rates. That will intensify pressure on hospitals already under strain and will affect access to health care overall.

States Are Banning This One Type of Face Mask (Sparky1)

There are N95 face masks on the market with one-way valves that release your expelled air through a filter. While they may be more comfortable and less restrictive than masks without a valve, they are also useless in preventing the COVID-19 spread. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend covering your nose and mouth in order to protect yourself from infection but also to protect others from coming into contact with your respiratory droplets. If your mask doesn’t restrict the path of your own exhalations, you’re still putting other people in danger, even if you have no symptoms. Keep in mind that many carriers of the disease are asymptomatic but still contagious.

How the Fed Bailed Out the Investor Class Without Spending a Cent (edelinski)

That morning, the Federal Reserve announced the deployment of additional “tools to support households, businesses, and the U.S. economy overall in this challenging time.” The measures included many actions taken during the 2008 financial crisis, with one new wrinkle: Direct purchases of corporate debt—the first nongovernment bond-buying in the Fed’s history—would now be allowed. Companies have swelled their borrowing in recent years, and experts have identified this as a source of serious economic risk. A sudden shock like the pandemic that wiped out revenues would not only cause bankruptcies, but also accelerate bond defaults, broadening stress throughout the financial system.

Despite The Hype, Gilead’s Remdesivir Will Do Nothing To End The Coronavirus Pandemic (Paul D.)

Still, price gouging isn’t what has many scientists upset about remdesivir. It’s the fact that the coronavirus drug that has boosted hopes and sent Gilead’s stock price (and according to some analysts, the entire stock market) soaring doesn’t seem to do much for coronavirus patients.

Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening (merle2)

The spotty data flow is particularly worrisome to public health officials trying to help Americans make decisions about safely venturing out. The lack of accurate and consistent Covid-19 data, coupled with the fact that the White House no longer has regular briefings where officials reinforce the need for ongoing social distancing, makes that task even harder.

How the Black Death Gave Rise to British Pub Culture (tmn)

Medieval society could muster little response, Cantor writes, except to “Pray very hard, quarantine the sick, run away, or find a scapegoat to blame for the terror.” Nobility and wealth was no defense: Princess Joan of England was struck down on her way to marry in Spain, while the newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury perished shortly after being ordained by the Pope. The plague even halted (temporarily) the perpetual conflict between the French and English.

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic (tmn)

The findings suggest a huge jump from before the pandemic. For example, on one question about depressed mood, the percentage reporting such symptoms was double that found in a 2014 national survey.

“Regeneration” by Photographer Giona Bridler (tmn)

“I wanted to highlight aspects of nature but in a way that showed it in the current light. Not pristine, sunny, green, but show a sense of the isolation, fear, unease, and urgency that I felt.

More than ever I believe we need to work with nature in a regenerative manner, in all aspects of life and not degenerate the world around us as we have been.”

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