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Study claims silk beats cotton as the best material for DIY face masks

Study claims silk beats cotton as the best material for DIY face masks

Silk beats both cotton and synthetic materials like polyester when it comes to homemade and reusable face masks, according to a new study from the University of Cincinnati. The material offers a number of potential benefits, according to the researchers, including the fact that it is naturally antimicrobial due to its copper content. Face masks made from silk are likely to be perceived as more comfortable than synthetic and cotton alternatives, as well.

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NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

Today the folks at National Geographic released a wild collection of virtual backgrounds / wallpapers for students doing video chats for school. Virtual school, remote schooling, remote classroom work is currently more popular than it's ever been before, thanks to COVID-19 and the likely resurgence of the global pandemic thanks to winter - so National Geographic just stepped up to the plate.

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CDC warns COVID-19 pandemic could result in a deadly Halloween

CDC warns COVID-19 pandemic could result in a deadly Halloween

October is nearly upon us and it'll naturally bring with it a variety of spooky events and festivities. While the theme of death that permeates Halloween is in good fun, this year may actually be deadly for those who decide to participate in social events, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. The pandemic is still underway and it will soon be joined by the flu season in many regions, making such gatherings particularly risky for those who participate and those who come into contact with careless partygoers.

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Walmart is using drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in parts of the US

Walmart is using drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in parts of the US

Walmart is expanding its drone delivery tests with the announcement of a pilot project involving Quest Diagnostics. The company, which is best known for allowing consumers to order their own blood tests, will work with Walmart to deliver at-home COVID-19 tests to consumers, enabling them to test themselves in the safety of their own homes. The catch? This isn't a widespread service yet, so you must live in one of two particular parts of the US.

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Study finds wearing glasses may drastically cut COVID-19 infection risk

Study finds wearing glasses may drastically cut COVID-19 infection risk

Though the mouth and nose get the most attention, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can also be transmitted to someone through the eyes, making it important to wash one's hands before touching one's eyes. However, touch isn't the only route of delivery, with droplets also having the potential to travel through the air to uninfected people. A new study that focused on COVID-19 patients in China found a link between wearing eyeglasses every day and much lower levels of infection compared to patients who didn't wear glasses.

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Study finds a UV light that kills COVID-19 and is safe for humans

Study finds a UV light that kills COVID-19 and is safe for humans

Researchers with Hiroshima University in Japan have demonstrated that a UV light wavelength safe for use around humans is also capable of killing the virus that causes COVID-19. The newly published study is the first to show that Ultraviolet C light with a 222nm wavelength (Far-UVC) is effective against SARS-CoV-2 specifically, not just similarly-structured coronaviruses that pop up seasonally and cause less extreme illnesses.

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DIY face masks are effective against powerful sneezes, too, study finds

DIY face masks are effective against powerful sneezes, too, study finds

Early on in the pandemic, there was some controversy over the use of homemade and reusable face masks, with the public expressing concerns over whether these common materials could suitably slow the spread of airborne droplets. A number of studies have validated the use of these masks, though they've focused on smaller droplets, not the larger ones expelled forcibly when sneezing.

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The CDC just changed COVID-19 testing guidelines with huge implications

The CDC just changed COVID-19 testing guidelines with huge implications

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans that they should be tested for COVID-19 if they are exposed to someone who is infected regardless of whether they're showing symptoms. This is a reversal of the previous recommendation that testing is unnecessary for someone who doesn't show symptoms of the disease even if they've had close contact with an infected person.

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PS5 and RTX 3080 preorder kerfuffles suggest Winter is Coming

PS5 and RTX 3080 preorder kerfuffles suggest Winter is Coming

This week prospective buyers of the Sony PlayStation 5 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3080 are having a rough time. NVIDIA proper has no stock for their own graphics card, and stock's gone low or gone at 3rd-party resellers aplenty. The Sony PlayStation 5 preorder situation is a far greater mess, as Sony announced one pre-order time/date, while retailers decided they'd just go ahead and drop all at once.

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The COVID-19 hangover scientists just don’t understand yet

The COVID-19 hangover scientists just don’t understand yet

Many people view COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in a very binary way: either they're sick or not, either they recover or they don't. These ideas don't paint a complete picture, however, and health experts are once again pointing out the complexity of this disease. A new study found that more than half of tested COVID-19 patients continued to suffer from neurological issues months after 'recovering.'

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Experts reveal top pandemic coping strategies based on months of data

Experts reveal top pandemic coping strategies based on months of data

Researchers with Penn State have analyzed months of pandemic data to uncover the best coping strategies, ones that have helped people cope with the COVID-19 outbreak thus far and ones that will, hopefully, help the public deal with the coming winter months. The findings were recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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NFL will use pre-recorded audio to help fans forget about empty stadiums

NFL will use pre-recorded audio to help fans forget about empty stadiums

Though the next NFL season will proceed with its kickoff being only days away, it'll look quite a bit different than past seasons, and you already know why. The pandemic is still underway, particularly in the US, and social distancing remains a key way to reduce the spread of the disease. For obvious reasons, packed stadiums aren't an option right now, meaning there won't be many people cheering.

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