Face Masks and Hearing Loss

Laveta Brigham

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Karen Franklin has not ventured out much from her home in Yonkers, N.Y., recently—and it’s not just because of fears of COVID-19. The 65-year-old has had hearing loss for over 30 years, and even with a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other, she now finds it too difficult to navigate a world where everyone suddenly communicates from behind a mask, often at a great distance. 

“I was at an outdoor baby shower a few weeks ago, with everyone wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart, and I felt completely clueless,” she says. “I could not hear people clearly, and I also couldn’t lip read, which often helps me if I miss a word or two. Up until now, I’ve never felt isolated because of my hearing loss. . . . But now it’s

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Pilots face layoffs and an uncertain future as coronavirus hammers the airline industry

Laveta Brigham

Thousands of pilots across the country are facing pink slips in a matter of weeks unless the airline industry receives more financial aid from the federal government. For many of them, flying has been their dream since they were kids, and the crisis in the industry has left pilots young and old stuck in a holding pattern — either hoping for a miracle or eyeing the exit.

On Thursday, executives from the major U.S. airlines met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in an attempt to secure more emergency funding. The meeting included CEOs Doug Parker of American Airlines, Scott Kirby of United and Southwest’s Gary Kelly.

TSA passenger checkpoint numbers fell from nearly 2.3 million on March 1 to just 90,000 by mid-April, amid pandemic lockdowns and public health concerns. Passenger travel has since recovered somewhat, but at its best has been no more than half of

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As layoffs loom, pilots face difficult future

Laveta Brigham

Thousands of pilots across the country are facing pink slips in a matter of weeks unless the airline industry receives more financial aid from the federal government. For many of them, flying has been their dream since they were kids, and the crisis in the industry has left pilots young and old stuck in a holding pattern — either hoping for a miracle or eyeing the exit.

On Thursday, executives from the major U.S. airlines met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in an attempt to secure more emergency funding. The meeting included CEOs Doug Parker of American Airlines, Scott Kirby of United and Southwest’s Gary Kelly.

TSA passenger checkpoint numbers fell from nearly 2.3 million on March 1 to just 90,000 by mid-April, amid pandemic lockdowns and public health concerns. Passenger travel has since recovered somewhat, but at its best has been no more than half of

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The Best Face Masks to Buy Online

Laveta Brigham

The fashion world is stepping up in a time of need: Countless companies are now making, selling and donating non-medical grade face masks for daily protection from COVID-19.

Demand for the best face mask options has soared in recent months, in part because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) masks in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. PPE masks are usually made from breathable a fabric like cotton and differ from a surgical mask and N95 respirators that experts say should be reserved for health care workers who are caring for the sick.

In times of crisis, it’s heartwarming to see companies we love and support giving back using the tools and skills they know best. Nordstrom, the largest employer of tailors in the country, has trained its alterations teams to make face masks to distribute to health care

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120+ retailers selling face masks online

Laveta Brigham

120+ retailers selling cloth face masks online
120+ retailers selling cloth face masks online

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Now that we’ve adjusted to the “new normal” in the age of coronavirus (COVID-19), many states are slowly starting to open back up. It’s more important than ever to stay safe while venturing out to stores, work, doctor’s appointments, and more. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of the virus when you’re out in public. While not as effective as a medical-grade mask or an N95 mask, these coverings provide an extra layer of protection by blocking respiratory droplets, which is the primary way that COVID-19 is transmitted. Not only that, but in light of new data, the CDC recently reported that wearing a mask may actually protect

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Wisconsin Rural Students Face Digital Divide As Students Return

Laveta Brigham

This is the third in a series of stories examining how school districts around the country are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the whole series here.

By Peter Cameron/The Badger Project

The 40-acre farmette where the Hellenbrand family lives in south-central Wisconsin is an eclectic mix of people and animals.

Amy Jo Hellenbrand and her husband raise corn, soybeans, wheat, heifers, chickens, goats and bunnies on their land just outside the village of Dane, about 20 miles north of Madison.

“We do have a little petting zoo,” she said with a chuckle.

They also raise four children — ages 11, 9, 8 and 5 — and up to five more children attend her home day care at least for part of the day.

That made this spring particularly challenging, when the pandemic forced schools across the state to close. Mirroring the rest of Wisconsin, education for the

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10 top-rated face shields you can buy online right now

Laveta Brigham

10 top-rated face shields you can buy online right now
10 top-rated face shields you can buy online right now

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One of the latest trends in personal protective equipment (PPE) is face shields. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions that face shields should not be worn in place of a cloth mask, some people still opt to wear a face shield along with a mask for more coverage (and potentially more protection). There are plenty of places to buy face shields online, from Amazon to Etsy. 

Whether you’re looking for the most comfortable headband face shield or a stylish face shield (like the custom designed ones from Vistaprint), we’ve rounded up 10 of the most popular face shields you can buy right now based on reviews and ratings.

1. Polaroid Face Shield

The Polaroid shield is a popular pick.
The Polaroid shield is a
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This Site Used to Print Business Cards; Now They’re Letting You Create Your Own Face Masks

Laveta Brigham

Wearing face masks and social distancing have become a new normal for many Americans, as more than half of U.S. states have instituted mask mandates and other safety guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

As the U.S. continues its effort in fighting Covid-19, non-medical masks have also become an opportunity for self-expression. One way to showcase your personality and style is through a custom face mask. While there are a number of sites offering stylish, pre-designed face coverings, the popular online printing company Vistaprint, is now offering an easy way to customize your face masks and even order them in bulk (say, if you want to order masks for your restaurant or small business).

vistaprint custom masks review

See all custom mask options on Vistaprint

What’s great about Vistaprint’s non-medical masks is that they’re designed to hold replaceable filters (available separately as 10-packs for $10), and they’re

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30 college towns that could face economic ruin if schools don’t reopen or have to close again this fall

Laveta Brigham

Montana State University
Montana State University

Classes begin for fall semester at Montana State University on August 17, 2020 in Bozeman, Montana.

William Campbell/Getty Images

  • Some college students are returning to campus for their fall semester.

  • Whether universities decide to have in-person classes or a hybrid model, college towns where students usually make up a large share of the town’s population may be greatly affected.

  • Business Insider decided to look at colleges that have a large number of undergraduates to determine which towns may be most economically vulnerable during the upcoming school year.  

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Some college students across the country have already started their fall semesters, whether it be in-person or online. As some students choose to take online courses or are not interested in returning to college, this can affect the economy of towns dependent on college students.  

Many colleges closed and transitioned to remote learning

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Some scammers hide behind sites selling face masks

Laveta Brigham

The face mask has turned into what some call a “nec-cessory” — a necessary fashion accessory. It’s vamping into a clothing category that allows you to express your political voice or highlight hobbies, much like a T-shirt or a baseball cap.

But consumers who shop online for these “nec-cessories” are being warned to look beyond the clever patterns. Some consumers clearly aren’t happy with their shopping experiences. 

Hyperfavor site, for example, shows some neat designs — a mask with the teacher’s name and a row of crayons on the bottom border, a mask with the words “Being Black is Not a Crime,” or a colorful concoction that proclaims “Just a Girl Who Loves Coffee.”” data-reactid=”8″The Hyperfavor site, for example, shows some neat designs — a mask with the teacher’s name and a row of crayons on the bottom border, a mask with the words “Being Black is Not

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