A widely shared social media post indicated that masks were not working or that the number of COVID-19 cases in the UK was “fake”. This is misleading. Facemasks are not being promoted as a solution to prevent all transmission of the coronavirus and there is no evidence that the COVID-19 case numbers recorded by the UK government are fake.
The post read: “96% of British people wear face masks, but ‘cases’ are at record levels. Either the mask doesn’t work or the case is fake. “(here)
It is unclear where the 96% figure came from. A September YouGov poll found that only 71% of Britons said they had worn a face mask in the past two weeks to prevent COVID-19 (here) and the results of an online survey from Statista found that, as of January 10, more than 11% of respondents said they had never worn a face mask outside their home (here).
Apart from the exact numbers, the use of face masks is intended to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and is believed to be insufficient to eliminate the disease.
A Royal Society study found that face coverings were effective in reducing the spread of the virus, both to the wearer and to those around them (here). However, the study cautioned: “Masks and face coverings cannot be seen in isolation but are part of a ‘policy package’ and it is imperative to review interrelated non-pharmaceutical interventions simultaneously including hand hygiene, sanitation and social distancing while maintaining distance 2 meters or the 1 meter + distance rule is not possible. “
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends masks because of their role as a barrier to prevent respiratory droplets from entering the air and onto other people, citing dozens of studies (here). However, they also warned that “masks are NOT a substitute for social distancing. Masks should be worn apart from a minimum distance of 6 feet, especially when indoors around people who do not live in your home. (here)
UK government guidelines on wearing a face covering say: “It is important to follow all other government advice on the coronavirus.” (here)
Some authority (here), doctor (here) and media companies (here) have used the “Swiss Cheese” model to visualize how the protection against COVID-19 works: each line of defense has a hole in it, like a slice of Swiss cheese, but multiple layers make it less likely for something dangerous to pass all the way through. “The holes (or weaknesses) in one layer of protection will be offset by the strengths of another layer of intervention,” the Texas department of public health said of the model. (here)
There is no reason to believe that the number of COVID-19 cases in the UK has been faked. Deaths recorded from COVID-19 in the United Kingdom (here) strongly supports reports that there is a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Wrong. Surveys show less than 90% of British people wear face masks. Face masks have been shown to be effective in preventing transmission of COVID-19, but they are believed to be insufficient to eradicate COVID-19 without other measures. There is no evidence that the spike in COVID-19 cases reported in the UK is “fake”.
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Germany’s southern states have their own plans in Germany so far, not least because many states have lower infection rates. But health experts love it.
“FFP” stands for “filtering facepiece.” One major difference from the mouth-nose cover that has become a common sight around the world is that the mouth-nose cap sits closer to the face and filters both inhaled and exhaled air.
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The virologist Alexander Kekule said: “Of course, the FFP mask offers better protection than the usual mouth-nose mask, which is often worn too loosely. Especially on public transport, where people are often overcrowded.”
Kekule says FFP significantly reduces the risk of infection.
“I in principle support the idea,” said fellow virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit. He added, however, it would not be good to simply insist that everyone wears them, saying there should be free access to masks and information on how to wear them properly.
FFP2 or N95 masks are usually used in work situations because of their higher specifications, which in turn incurs higher costs. In Germany, they cost around € 2.50 each. That makes them practically out of reach for low-income families if the state doesn’t step in.
Officially, the FFP2 mask can only be used once. Left Party leader Katja Kipping was quick to argue that “making FFP2 masks mandatory without giving them away for free would effectively mean that the poor would be completely excluded from public life.”
Since December, subsidized FFP2 masks have been available free of charge in pharmacies for seniors and other high-risk patients. Media reports say Bavaria plans to distribute about 2 million masks to those who cannot afford them.
Even if the law is enacted, it may not have the desired effect. The head of hospital hygiene at the university clinic in Hamburg-Eppendorf, Johannes Knobloch, cautioned against expecting too much. “If it doesn’t fit well, it’s no better than a regular disposable mask,” says Knobloch.
He also pointed out a further complication: “FFP masks are only used for clean shaven men.” Even a few stumps, he says, can render a mask ineffective because air can enter and exit without a filter.
Söder has some sort of support from business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) leader Christian Lindner. He recommends giving ideas thought and perhaps removing other restrictions instead. Judging by the number of FFP2 masks worn in the Bundestag, Söder already has a political majority behind him.
The Indonesian government has compiled a list of preventive measures following a new coronavirus variant found in the UK, said the head of the national COVID-19 task force Doni Monardo.
On Thursday, Doni said that the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan had held a ministerial meeting the previous week to anticipate a new type of corona virus that has reportedly been detected in Australia and Singapore.
During the meeting, Luhut also invited epidemiologists to provide insights and input to the government regarding the mitigation of COVID-19 in the country.
The task force, continued Doni, has also attempted to reduce the possibility of transmission of the corona virus in the country by limiting the entry of foreigners and Indonesian citizens who depart from countries that have detected a new type of COVID-19, including Britain.
“The government has started to reject the entry of British citizens, hopefully this can protect our people,” said Doni in a virtual discussion on Thursday entitled “Outlook 2021: The Face of Indonesia After a Pandemic” (What is Indonesia like after a pandemic).
Regarding the new type of corona virus, the Task Force has also released an addendum to the Task Force Circular Letter No. 3/2020 on travel health protocols for the Christmas and New Year holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The additional regulations include a temporary ban on entry permits for foreigners traveling from the UK, as well as stricter health protocols for Indonesians and foreigners arriving from European countries and Australia to Indonesia.
Indonesian citizens wishing to return home from the UK are required to show a negative PCR test result, taken at least 48 hours before their departure.
They are also required to undergo a five-day quarantine starting from the date of their arrival.
Those traveling from Europe and Australia are required to show negative results from a PCR test that is done in their home country no more than 48 hours before departure.
The policy is in effect from December 22 to January 8, 2021.
Doni said that up to 3,000 foreigners who entered Indonesia tested positive for COVID-19.
“The case could increase rapidly if we don’t maximize the efforts of our airport personnel,” he added. On December 21, scientists from the UK’s New and Developing Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) discovered a new variant of the coronavirus that has spread rapidly in the UK, Reuters reported.
The new variant is said to carry mutations that make children more susceptible to infection with the coronavirus than the previous strain. In addition, the mutated SARS-CoV-2 variant that appears to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the previous strain in the UK. So far, these cases have also been detected in Denmark and Australia.
This has prompted a number of countries to close their borders with Britain and impose travel restrictions on their citizens. The Philippines, Canada, India, Hungary and Switzerland are among the countries that have stopped flights from the UK. (dpk)
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise public awareness about the pandemic
It’s a tough game to cut down on the best beauty products of 2020: In the last 12 months alone, the number of launches has been staggering a multibillion dollar market, between palette, leather and primer; lip liners, plumpers, and kits – not to mention the celebrity line: Venus! Selena! Pharrell!
Of course, the sheer number of choices means there’s something special for everyone (seriously, every one: Thanks to a boom in bespoke beauty offerings such as the personalized skincare range from Pure Culture and Function of Beauty, customers can actually create their own custom formulas), but that also means separating the good from the great, the better from the best, harder than ever.
With this in mind, Mode turn to top fashion hairstylists, make-up masters, and facialists – those who stretched out their deft hands to create runway and red carpet moments – to speak out about the most game-changing masks, highlights, and more this year. From natural pigments made in Sweden to display-worthy hair combs made from recycled plastic, check out the best beauty products of 2020 below.
It was love at first sight for this bright fuchsia versatile makeup. This particular shade looks thin, but is highly pigmented and can brighten up any skin tone. Just looking at a small pot of color gives me sheer joy! Made using natural ingredients and wild harvest, this cream is full of nutritious elements such as sweet almond oil, shea butter, and apricot oil.
(M) anate 7 All Over Color in Fuchsine
This is the ultimate secret sauce for real shine, sun kissing, and real! The texture is super light and a bit mousse-y. It is good for the body, but I personally like to use it for the face. Pro tip: Skip the foundation and rub gently onto the face. The warmth alone will even out the skin tone, no need to cover up! Instead of spraying it directly, I prefer to apply it using a brush.
Alleven Color Shield Glow Luminizing Body Enhancer
Delicious, slightly rosy Chanel highlighter is great to mix with foundation or to use as a self-highlighting. I prefer rose tones to champagne or gold tones. I think it brings more energy and light to the skin. I love to use it on my browbones, chin and cheekbones to revive my face, especially in winter!
Chanel Le Blanc Rosy Light Drops
Every deep color this collection is sheer perfection. They are colored lipsticks with an emphasis on “tint”. Rich and saturated, in easy-to-wear colors that feel good and very comfortable.
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With many of us adopting a “buy less, buy better” approach and becoming increasingly aware of packaging waste and overconsumption, the products I have adopted this year are multifunctional. Oribe Gold Lust All Over Oil is a perfect fit for this new direction in which we are heading. It replenishes and restores 17 natural oils that nourish and protect our hair, face and body, and are rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Re = Comb’s beautiful comb made from recycled plastic was also a huge success launched this year.
Oribe Gold Lust All Over Oil
Re = Recycled Plastic Hair Comb Comb
Full confession: I use this Drunk Elephant mask as a moisturizer. I have very sensitive and dry skin and it is great at keeping my skin hydrated without irritation. The formula contains my favorite skin protection fighter, niacinamide, along with five different ceramides and a long list of other ingredients that help support your skin barrier. If you have sensitive skin, this is a great product to have.
The Drunken Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask
During the two confinements in Paris, I mostly covered my face as a way of indulging myself. This mask is highly moisturizing, practically odorless, and keeps your skin plump for at least 24 hours. I don’t use it with a serum as recommended by the brand, but I can consider it right away. It has only 13 ingredients and the mask is made up of two parts, which makes it easier to apply. I prefer the hydrogel mask because it seems to help the serum penetrate deeper (because it doesn’t dry out quickly on the skin). I leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes.
Bioeffect Imprinting Hydrogel Mask Package Six
Augustine Bader’s The Body Cream is my special treatment for myself: Very luxurious and very moisturizing. It is odorless and non-greasy, and takes a while to scrub, but after that your skin feels very protected. I use this mainly on my eczema prone areas, and it is perfect for dry skin.
Augustine Bader The Body Cream
The skin around my eyes suffers from allergies for most of the year. Paris is full of pollution and pollen. As a result, most eye creams irritate my already fragile eye area. Jordan Samuel eye gel is very light, odorless, and helps to empty my eyes. It contains green tea, caffeine, and several peptides. I like the gel texture because it doesn’t weigh down on your skin while still keeping the area hydrated.
Jordan Samuel Skin Performance Eye Gel
Christophe Robin Hair Mask and Color Shield Shampoo is an instant Caroline Suite favorite. This shampoo is amazing, because it combines the best shampoo and conditioner from Christophe Robin for colored hair into one formula. This duo is our aftercare companion, locking in and keeping the glow of our color technique nuanced and bright.
Christophe Robin Color Shield Hair Mask
Christophe Robin Color Shield Shampoo
A versatile product created by one of our Suite Caroline artists, Hair Party works well for all hair types, from straight to coarse and from medium to coarse textures. This is a product for being creative and having fun. Try turning it into an oil to use on dry hair for a lively texture, je ne sais quoi, or use it as a pomade to shape eyebrows. Not to mention, it has a great scent, which includes natural scents of Vetiver, white fir, sage, and rosewood, among others.
If you’re going to hoard toilet paper à la 2020, make Plant Paper non-toxic and earth conscious! One roll of conventional tree toilet paper requires 37 gallons of water and one gallon of chemicals to produce. Paper Plants are made from bamboo which grows fast, is poison-free, ecological, and affordable. Definitely one of the most exciting products of 2020 for someone who drinks as much water as I do!
This year (cosmic time for my second baby), Mary Ruth Organics is releasing Prenatal + Postnatal Liquid Multivitamins. I’m a big fan of the products, which are mostly liquid or gummy and easier to consume and more bioavailable than pills – especially during pregnancy and nausea! This multivitamin can be taken during the preconception year, during pregnancy, and for one year postpartum. And it comes in a glass jar.
Mary Ruth Organics Prenatal + Postnatal Liquid Multivitamin
Essie never stops improving and innovating its line to be more user-friendly and accommodate the modern life of women. Expressie nail polish answers most of the needs of today’s users. They’re seven free and super fast and easy to apply thanks to the big, fat round brush. Seize the Minute is the perfect fall and winter red color.
Quick Dry Essie Expressie Nail Polish
Happy Dance is Kristen Bell’s new collaboration with high-end CBD brand Lord Jones. I fell in love with how this butter nourishes and melts dry cuticles (and all over the body). It also has a great smell and is delicious.