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  Eye protection helps against the coronavirusJun 05, 2020 10:43 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:People are out there risking their lives to express what so many feel. What a time this is. If you *are* out protesting, please take what precautions you can; among other threats, the virus is still out there.
 
One interesting thing I saw recently, though: in addition to social distancing, which makes a huge difference, and masks (although N95 or surgical masks are recommended, but they say cloth masks are "better than not wearing anything"), *eye protection* makes a significant difference when it comes to staying safe from the novel coronavirus: "The data also supported the benefits of eye shields for health care workers. The risk of infection among people who wore glasses, goggles or other face shields was 6% compared to 16% among those not wearing such protection."
 
This comes from a June 1st article in Time; the analytical study it references is in The Lancet.
 
Mind you, combining a mask with eye coverings can cause the glasses or whatnot to fog up from your own deflected breathing. Some would-be solutions I've found mentioned online include washing the glasses beforehand in soapy water (supposedly surgeons do this; the soapy film left behind causes any condensing water to spread out instead of forming droplets, or something), or putting a folded-over tissue along the inside of the upper part of the mask, crossing the bridge of the nose—the tissue may absorb the warm breath droplets that would otherwise condense on the glasses.
 
I have yet to try either of those anti-fogging measures myself; nobody sells masks here, and the non-scary mask I ordered off Etsy is now officially overdue. : P
 
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^ Pencil sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign. : D Many thanks to my supporters, you're making this comic possible!!
 
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The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page is up for auction on eBay. : )
 
 
 
 
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