Face Masks

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Flattening the curve of COVID-19 doesn't mean it's gone away.

That's one of several take-aways epidemiologist Dr. Catherine McCarty wants people to internalize.

Some others?

  • Wear a mask.  You wear it for other people; not yourself.
  • Make sure you distance physically, but not socially.  Stay connected with the people who matter to you.
  • Be kind.

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University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Richard Buckalew of UMD is a mathematics professor at UMD, so unless you're pretty math-savvy yourself, things can veer off into the weeds pretty quickly.

But in addition to providing some infographics to help you better understand the math behind social distancing, he's got a lot of interesting things to say about the big differences small changes can make, and how to evaluate the news and claims crowding your social media feeds these days.

Young person wearing a face mask with artwork of animal fangs
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Perhaps the reality of how much and how fast the world has changed didn't really start to sink in until you tried to figure out to have an online playdate for your toddler. Or how to explain to your (perhaps) startled child why everyone was walking around in masks.

Duluth has launched a project to get kids designing masks and talking about why people are wearing them. You can find more information about the program - and a template - here.

Copyright Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

The Duluth Branch NAACP was going to spend an hour and a half last night, distributing free cloth face masks to anyone, but particularly to Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our community.

Minority populations across the country are disproportionately represented in both COVID-19 cases and deaths, partly due to less access to health care and partly to higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and respiratory diseases.

But half an hour later, all the masks were gone.

Brian Barber/Draw-A-Long Fun Time

Draw-A-Long Fun Time

Self-styled "graphiquè artistè" Brian Barber says: "A couple months ago I thought about doing a very short, very silly draw-a-long type series of videos, and this seems like a heckuva good time to give it a shot. Kids are stuck at home, we need something other than Netflix to get through."

Tara Austin – Boreal Ornament III