Beth Skwarecki
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Beth is Lifehacker's Senior Health Editor. She has written about health and science for over a decade, including two books: Outbreak! and Genetics 101. Her Wilks score is 302.
4/8/20
1:36 PM
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From @AAWilliams9 on Twitter: “If the virus 🦠 is small enough to move through cotton masks how do the masks help? If airborne, won’t it still penetrate the fabric masks? Are the masks for the droplets?”

4/8/20
1:35 PM
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From Arshathz on Twitter: “Why is that some patients seem to show milder symptoms while a few others show severe symptoms despite the virus being equally infectious to everyone alike?”

4/8/20
1:33 PM
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From @55Fidelius on Twitter: “Thinking ahead to when small business (think retail shops and offices) can gradually begin to restart operations. What safety measures and precautions should they be preparing in advance? What changes might they make in their operations? What might a “gradual restart” look like?”

4/8/20
1:06 PM
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From @RichTWarms on Twitter: “There seems to be a link between excess weight and vulnerability to serious complications with Covid. Is that correct? Does that make the US population particularly vulnerable? Germany also has relatively high obesity rates, but seems to be coping better than some.”

4/8/20
12:40 PM
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Here’s one I’ve heard from several readers this past week: why don’t we quit social distancing and let people get infected so we can establish herd immunity?

4/7/20
10:35 AM
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I believe the current excitement stems from this French trial. Elon Musk saw it, and then Trump did. And now that everybody knows about it, the drugs are being used to treat patients experimentally...this is hugely controversial among the doctors/scientists/etc I see talking about it. The French study looks sketchy,

4/7/20
10:23 AM
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I’ve definitely heard of some DIY folks adding a bit of wire (pipe cleaners are popular). What kind of wire are you using, and do you have a link? I think a lot of people will be looking for a solution here.

(We may also have some other tips in the works for glasses-wearers, so stay tuned for more on that topic)

4/6/20
2:37 PM
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If you’re sick and you sneeze all over your shirt you would probably try not to touch that either, right? And make sure other people don’t touch it? And wash it ASAP?

4/2/20
10:46 AM
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That data comes from one of the studies I discussed above! Again, tons of caveats: they only tested them dry, and the fabric is only a small part of the question of how effective the mask is overall.
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4/2/20
10:41 AM
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Aw man, that’s what I was afraid of. If that’s true of cloth masks also, they won’t be doing much good. And then how are you going to change them when you’re out and about? Stick them into a baggie, which you’ll have to empty carefully? Hmm.

4/2/20
10:29 AM
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I keep seeing this too, not that ad but just the concept of “boosting” your immunity. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY. You want just enough immunity. 

4/1/20
4:10 PM
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The standard advice for surgical masks is to discard them when they get damp, making me think you’d probably need a ton of clean masks to get through the day. I don’t know if anybody has numbers on this.

3/31/20
1:16 PM
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I don’t mean forever. But it would be foolish to pin our hopes on specific end dates. 

3/31/20
1:14 PM
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Wow, dark. And yet...these are the questions that the healthcare system is grappling with, or will soon. Way down on the CDC’s list of how to deal with a PPE shortage is having doctors who are recovered and immune be the ones to deal with patients maskless. Rationing ventilators is now a reality in some places and Read more