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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cloth face coverings should be washed after every single use, whether by hand or in a washing machine.

The CDC recommends using your usual laundry detergent and tossing your mask in with your laundry, using the highest temperature wash appropriate for the mask. This should be followed up by a high-heat dry cycle until the mask is thoroughly dry. If your mask can't be dried in a hot air dryer, the CDC suggests thoroughly air drying it, using direct sunlight when possible.


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Olivia Cuid, MD, a dentist in Montreal demonstrates the four easy steps to making a better fitting mask:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Fold your mask in half. (lengthwise)
  3. Tie each ear loop as close to the edge of the mask as possible.
  4. Open the mask and fold in the cloth to close up the small space around each ear loop.
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The study used high-speed video recordings of subjects speaking various sounds to determine how potentially infected droplets are expelled from someone's mouth. Visual evidence shows that lip movements made to form the hard consonant sounds of "P" and "T" generate the most droplets—but that lip balm can help reduce the amount of droplets that are expelled.

The study found that saliva building up on the edges of the lips creates strings, or "filaments," that spread across the opening of the mouth when it is opened and closed, creating droplets when breath carries the saliva from the mouth into the air. However, scientists found that lip balm makes it hard for filaments to form on the mouth. In fact, the research showed that using lip balm cut the number of droplets down by four times compared to non-moisturized lips.

The results are so surprising that the study's authors conclude that using a lip balm could be a cheap, effective solution to slowing the spread of the virus, especially in the coming winter months when people—and their dry lips—will be spending more time indoors.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/10/health/coronavirus-obesity-weight.html   October 10, 2020

Extra Pounds May Raise Risk of Severe Covid-19



The warning, reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week, may have serious implications for Americans. While about 40 percent of U.S. adults are obese, another 32 percent are simply overweight, among the highest rates of obesity and overweight in the world.

By the new calculus, nearly three-quarters of Americans may be at increased risk of severe Covid-19 if infected with the coronavirus.

“It’s important to make sure the public and individuals are aware of this potential risk,”



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This Bad Habit Could Increase Your Risk of Dying From COVID, Doctor Says

New research is now pointing to the fact that one common bad habit could actually increase your risk of dying from COVID: bad oral hygiene.


According to Shervin Molayem, an oral dentist surgeon, as much as 100 million bacteria can live on just one dirty tooth. And he says it only takes about a minute for that bacteria to travel from your mouth to the rest of your body, swimming around in your bloodstream and surrounding all of your vital organs.

Molayem says the problem is that when someone has too much bacteria in their bloodstream, the body may try to go into defense mode to fight it off by releasing a protein called interleukin-6 (IL-6, for short). Unfortunately, elevated levels of that protein can lead to a lot of complications. "IL-6 also destroys tissue," Molayem said. "It destroys some of the lining in our blood vessels. It can cause a decrease in oxygen, gas exchange in your lungs. It messes with our linings in our lungs."


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Lung damage found in COVID dead may shed light on 'long COVID' - study


"The findings indicate that COVID-19 is not simply a disease caused by the death of virus-infected cells, but is likely the consequence of these abnormal cells persisting for long periods inside the lungs," said Mauro Giacca, a professor at King’s College London who co-led the work.


The research team analysed samples of tissue from the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys of 41 patients who died of COVID-19 at Italy's University Hospital of Trieste between February and April 2020.



"It could very well be envisaged that one of the reasons why there are cases of long COVID is because there is vast destruction of lung (tissue)," he told Reuters. "Even if someone recovers from COVID, the damage that is done could be massive."


One was that patients had extensive blood clotting of the lung arteries and veins. Another was that some lung cells were abnormally large and had many nuclei - a result of the fusion of different cells into single large cells in a process known as syncytia.

The research, published in the journal Lancet eBioMedicine, also found the virus itself was still present in many types of cells.

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