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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Pastor Who Told Congregation They Didn’t Have to Wear Masks Hospitalized in ICU with COVID-19

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A pastor in Idaho has been hospitalized with the novel coronavirus after telling members of his congregation that they are not required to wear face masks while attending church services.

Paul Van Noy, the senior pastor at Candlelight Christian Fellowship, was admitted to the intensive care unit after he and his wife Brenda contracted COVID-19, according to an update posted to his church’s website on Monday.

“Having been in the ICU now for 11 days…and counting, I am really starting to turn the corner—for the better,” Van Noy said in a statement shared by his wife and church staff. “They tell me it will be a few more days in ICU and then I will move back to a regular room for a couple of days and then to recover at home. At present I feel ok but still need quite a bit of oxygen support—especially

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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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‘Certified Young Person’ Paul Rudd Drops ‘Real Talk’ On Wearing Masks

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How do you do, fellow kids? Actor and “certified young person” Paul Rudd thinks it would be totally beast if you and your dank squad could wear a mask.

The ageless (51-year-old) “Ant-Man” star pretended to be 26 in a PSA for young people that was so intentionally cringeworthy it was actually kinda great. 

He teamed up with online magazine First We Feast and the state of New York for the meme and internet slang-filled missive to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“A few days ago, I was talking on the iPhone with my homie, Governor Cuomo, and he’s just going off about how us millennials need to wear masks because, get this, apparently a lot of COVID is transmitted by us millennials,” Rudd says, wearing a yellow hoodie and New York cap. 

“So fam, let’s real talk. Masks? They’re totally beast,” he says at another point, reminding viewers

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120+ retailers selling face masks online

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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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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).

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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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Some scammers hide behind sites selling face masks

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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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40 Fashion-Forward Face Masks To Express Your Personal Style

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Fashion has always had a way of taking our core wardrobe essentials — outerwear, underwear, and everything in between — and turning them into statement pieces. Consider the trusty trench coat, for example, which was originally created to shield soldiers from the elements but, over time, turned into one of the most distinctive utility apparel items a person could own. And don’t get us started on how the functional bike short has morphed into a top streetwear trend that will not go away (even after its initial rise and fall in the ’90s). It’s no surprise, then, that the protective face coverings we’ve been advised (and in some cases, ordered) to wear outdoors to curb the spread of the coronavirus have quickly been embraced and beautified by the fashion world.

“It just felt like there was a need [for a stylish face mask],” says Hillary Taymour, founder of the sustainable

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Where to Shop Kids Face Masks

Laveta Brigham

Face masks are one practical way to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the past few months, companies across all kinds of industries have started to sell cloth face masks for adults — and some are making face masks for kids with fun prints. ET Style has the low down on where to buy the best kids face masks.

If you’re a parent looking for personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for your children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of two wear a face mask while outside of their home. Whether you’re dealing with an adult mask or a kids’ mask, make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against both sides of the face, can be secured with ties or ear loops, includes multiple layers of fabric (most have two or three), allows for unrestricted breathing and is washed regularly.

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Masks are on superintendents’ back-to-school shopping lists. Some leaders wonder if there will be enough.

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Shari Obrenski, a high school history teacher in Cleveland, usually spends about $500 each year on paper, pencils, markers and tissues for her classroom.

This year, her back-to-school list includes hand sanitizer, wipes and disinfectant spray — none of which Obrenski can find in stores. She hopes the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can get them.

“Reopening safely across the country is going to cost billions of dollars,” said Obrenski, who’s also the president of the Cleveland Teachers Union.

Cleveland schools will be online for the first quarter of the school year after a surge of COVID-19 cases in the area. 

As rising infections put the first day of school in limbo across the country, school districts are trying to make sure they’ll have enough cleaning supplies, masks and other protective equipment to bring students and staff back safely.

“There’s an expectation for school districts to kind of figure this all

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