Masks? Anyone?

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New Evidence Shows Wearing Face Mask Can Help Coronavirus Enter the Brain and Pose More Health Risk, Warn Expert

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired U.S. neurosurgeon and author, cautions that face masks cannot entirely protect you from getting sick and catching pathogens. He adds that it can also pose a serious health risk for wearers. He stresses that only ill people should wear face masks.

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, people everywhere have been wearing protective equipment such as face masks, face shields, and gloves. Wearing gloves in public places such as the grocery had been previously debunked as ‘unhelpful’ or possibly harmful, especially if not used properly. 

Are Face Masks Effective Against COVID-19?

The Cleveland Clinic says that gloves do not provide immunity from viruses, and it doesn’t permit you to touch everything within reach. Furthermore, germs that come in contact with your gloves could be transferred to all the other surfaces you touch. 

Now, even face masks face the same critique as Dr. Blaylock says that exhaled viruses would not be given a chance to escape if wearing a mask. He says that the virus would further concentrate and circulate within the nasal passages and could eventually travel into the brain. 

According to Dr. Blaylock, there have been no studies conducted to establish that either a cloth mask or the N95 mask has an impact on the transmission of the coronavirus. It was not until recently that the Commission on Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines for wearing face masks. 

Previously, they only advised sick people to wear protective masks, but now they encourage everyone to wear them when out in public since it has been found out that some could be asymptomatic carriers of the virus. The CDC also has guidelines for wearing cloth masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

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Harmful Effects of Wearing a Face Mask

Aside from the lack of scientific evidence pointing to requiring the use of a face mask for preventive measures, several studies have explored the dangers of wearing a face mask, especially for long periods.

These dangers include increased airway resistance, accumulation of carbon dioxide, hypoxia or inadequate oxygen supply, headaches, and even other life-threatening complications. 

In a study conducted by the National Taiwan University Hospital, it has been found that the use of N-95 masks in healthcare workers has caused them to experience hypoxemia, the low level of oxygen in the blood, and hypercapnia, an elevation in the blood’s carbon dioxide levels. 

Another study reported findings of headache in health professionals using the same protective face mask. Similarly, pregnant women wearing N-95 masks were also found to have breathing difficulties associated with the use of the mask. 

Researchers suggest that the benefits of using N95 masks to prevent contraction of infectious diseases should be weighed against possible respiratory consequences linked with extended use of N95 masks.

Newer evidence also reveals that the coronavirus may enter the brain in some cases. By wearing a mask, viruses released upon expiration will not be given a chance to escape and will further congregate in the nasal passages. This allows the virus to enter the olfactory nerves and travel further, eventually reaching the brain.

Dr. Blaylock says that one should not attack or criticize healthy people who do not wear masks, as studies point out that it may be a wise choice after all.

Read Also: Austria Has 90% Drop in Coronavirus Cases After Requiring People to Wear Face Masks

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Wildlife Corridors

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April 4, 2020
Pronghorn buck

In the path of the pronghorn

As the days lengthen and spring flowers bloom, herds of pronghorns in Wyoming migrate north from their winter grounds in the Upper Green River Basin to Grand Teton National Park. The journey, which biologists have dubbed the ‘Path of the Pronghorn,’ covers about 150 miles across government and private lands. Pronghorns have walked this route since prehistoric times, though today, fences, highways, and other unnatural barriers have made the journey more perilous. To mitigate these dangers, wildlife corridors are being constructed over highways and under bridges, offering safer passage for these quintessential symbols of the American West. Conservation efforts like these have helped to make the ‘Path of the Pronghorn’ one of the longest migration corridors remaining for large mammals in North America.

So Pretty!

How pretty is this?!

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April 2, 2020
Looking inland from Ponce de León Inlet toward the lighthouse, Florida

Pascua Florida Day

We’re at the Ponce de León Inlet Light in Central Florida for Pascua Florida Day, which marks the anniversary of the Spanish explorer’s arrival here in 1513. Believing this stretch of coast to be an island, Ponce de León claimed the land for Spain and named it ‘La Florida’—because of the verdant landscape and also because it was during the Easter season, which the Spaniards called ‘Pascua Florida’ (Festival of Flowers). According to legend, Ponce de León arrived here in search of the Fountain of Youth, a mythical water source said to restore the youth of those who drink from it or bathe in its waters. While that mission was unsuccessful, his name lives on in history–and on this lighthouse and the inlet where it shines.

Green Eggs and Ham

Who knew? Just yesterday I was saying “I don’t like green eggs and ham”.
Did you know in 1904 on this very day Dr. Seuss was born?

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Dr. Seuss born

Theodor Seuss Geisel is born in Springfield, MA. After a successful career as a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer, Dr. Seuss will become a household name with books like ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’ His books will remain popular for decades, and in 1984 he’ll be awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to ‘the education and enjoyment of America’s children.’