NIght out in Moscow: few masks and many shrugs at rising coronavirus cases

That morning, Russia had announced more than 12,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past day — a record increase for the country with the world’s fourth-largest number of cases. Then, on Tuesday, Russia set a record for daily deaths from the coronavirus with 244. On Wednesday, it was 239 deaths linked to the virus, and 14,200 new cases.

The autumn spike in infections in Russia had seemed inevitable. After a two-month spring lockdown with strict restrictions, there were practically no constraints over the summer. With the long Russian winter ahead, the prevailing mood in Moscow, at least, is to shrug off the coronavirus anxieties for now and take what comes.

Mask requirements exist, but they’re rarely observed or enforced. While some establishments do temperature checks at the door, there’s no social distancing inside or limits on capacity.

The question I’m asked most often when catching up with friends and

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A Bunch Of Prime Day Deals On Fashion Face Masks, Found

When Amazon Prime Day landed last summer, a rhinestone face mask wasn’t even the faint shadow of a mark on our virtual deal-hunting list. That’s the incredible thing about humans: when life gives us viral lemons, we make artisanal face masks complete with bows, embroidery, and a red-gingham print so juicy you’ll be tempted to throw a picnic on your face (keep it six feet, please). Fast forward to Prime Day 2020, taking place on October 13 through October 14, and you’ll find no shortage of on-sale fashiony masks to dazzle your eyeballs and your wallet.

 

So, what to scoop with this newfound influx of facial coverings? First, understand what kind of protection various masks and face coverings can offer. Will a silk mask be better for your skin? What are the most breathable masks for running? Know your longtime needs, discover new ones, and trust that we’ve got you

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The Best Prime Day Deals on Kids Face Masks & Accessories

Now that face masks have become a part of your child’s everyday life, it’s always smart to have a few extra on hand. Face masks get dirty, they get lost, and they break down. The disposable ones should only really be worn once, and while the cloth ones can last a certain amount of washes, they’re not indestructible. So yes, extras, please!

But here’s the thing: Constantly adding new face masks to your cart adds up, money-wise (not to mention the kids face mask straps and lanyards that you may be adding on!). They’re a new expense that you didn’t even have to think about last year. Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, we found some deals on kids face masks and accessories, like those lanyards, that will help you save a few bucks. And we’re guessing face masks will likely be even more discounted on Amazon Prime Day, which is

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USC researchers build model showing how many coronavirus infections masks prevent | Health

University of South Carolina researchers have developed a model of the coronavirus pandemic showing that masks have stemmed the spread of disease and prevented tens of thousands of infections in places that have adopted them widely.

The team’s aim is to put hard numbers on a refrain that public health experts have repeated for months: that masks make a difference and could bring the virus to heel. The lead researcher says he wanted to give decision-makers a clear view of how big that difference is.

That’s particularly significant in South Carolina, which doesn’t have a statewide mask requirement. Instead, questions about whether to wear a mask are far more localized here. It’s up to local governments to decide whether to require them, and for the millions of people here who aren’t bound by mandates, wearing a mask is an individual decision.

The USC model, developed by the university’s Automated Intelligence

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Women Are Better Than Men at Wearing Masks and Following Coronavirus Precautions, Study Finds

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In most states, people are required to wear a mask in public places to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. But women do a far better job of wearing masks than men, a new study found.

Women are also more likely than men to follow all COVID-19 precautions, like washing hands, staying home and social distancing. Plus, they’re more likely to follow news about the virus from medical experts, their governor, social media and by reading about how other countries have handled the pandemic — and in turn, experience anxiety and alarm.

For the study, published in the journal Behavioral Science & Policy, researchers at New York University and Yale University surveyed 800 people about their COVID-19 habits, counted mask-wearers on the street over two days and analyzed Americans’ movements with smartphone data.

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Fashion Forward Bridal Masks for Your Walk Down the Aisle

Alongside veils, tiaras and spiffy neckwear, brides and grooms getting married during the coronavirus pandemic have added face masks to their must-have wedding accessories.

Top wedding designers and artists on platforms like Etsy released a slew of masks made specifically for couples and their attendants. Some match dresses and suits while others incorporate something blue. There are masks that are monogrammed, hand-woven, or made of silk. Couples are buying them for themselves as well as getting them as wedding gifts.

“Masks at first were considered a purely medical device, but as they have evolved into our new normal we received an overwhelming amount of messages requesting if we could create them,” said Hermione de Paula, a London-based bridal designer. “We found it really important to help our clients find a solution to still feel beautiful on their most important day.”

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Cynthia Bailey’s Wedding to Mike Hill: Face Masks by Jill Zarin

The big day is almost here: Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill will officially be tying the knot on October 10, 2020. With the ceremony soon approaching, The Real Housewives of Atlanta bride-to-be is taking safety measures to help protect her guests during the special occasion. 

In a recent interview with Extra, Cynthia shared that she and Mike will be putting several safety precautions into place at their ceremony, including conducting temperature checks and requiring guests to wear masks and face shields. And she’s getting help from a familiar face. 

Cynthia enlisted her pal, The Real Housewives of New York City alum Jill Zarin, and her daughter, Ally Shapiro, to make face masks for her nuptials. As you may know, the RHONY mother-daughter duo started face mask company Masks by Jill & Ally amid the ongoing global pandemic, which has become very popular for its tie-dye designs. 

For Cynthia’s big

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Email points to ban on masks in coronavirus-stricken jail linked to Maine wedding

ALFRED, Maine — An email points to an outright ban on masks in housing units in a Maine jail dealing with a coronavirus outbreak that’s linked to a wedding and reception that made national news.

The York County Jail became a coronavirus hotspot after an employee who attended an August wedding more than 200 miles (320 kilometers) away in the Katahdin region spread the virus. The number of cases associated with the jail was approaching 90 as of Friday, and the number of cases linked to the wedding and reception has topped 170 with eight deaths.

The email obtained by news outlets said inmates were not permitted to bring masks into any housing unit, a policy that likely exacerbated the outbreak. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocates mask-wearing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Inmates are allowed to remove the masks from their faces when in

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Are Face Shields More Effective Than Face Masks?

But what about airflow — and just how airtight are they?

“For any mask or fancy filter, one thing we need to keep in mind is how well they fit, tightly, to the face,” said Chenyu Sun, an internist at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago who recently co-authored a study on face mask efficacy.

Dr. Sun said health care workers often get specially fitted for N95 masks, and the one-size-fits-all approach of retailers is troubling. So is the lack of guidance for proper use.

“Inside out, upside down, probably even less people know how to take masks off properly without contamination. This also applies to these devices,” said Dr. Sun, who added that sporting doomsday gear may have unintended psychological consequences. “Will the general public really accept these? Now, even for regular masks, there is a lot of debate.”

“People double-take, but I think Canada is very polite so nobody

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10 Wedding Face Masks That Are Perfect For Brides & Guests Alike

Planning a wedding, even before the pandemic, came with a lot of responsibilities. For starters, you had to book a venue, fine-tune the guest list, and, of course, find the perfect wedding dress. Now, on top of those decisions — plus those ensuring the safest wedding day possible — another to-do has been added to every bride’s pre-wedding checklist: buying a wedding-appropriate face mask. The same goes for your wedding party and your guests.

At an event as heavily photographed as a wedding, whether you’re seated on the bride’s side of the aisle or you are the bride, you may want a style that’s a little more photo-worthy than a standard medical mask. But, while the face covering should be aesthetically pleasing and on par with your wedding-day look visually, it should still be effective against the spread of COVID-19. According to the CDC, face masks should have two or

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