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Researchers develop nose-only mask for eating

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Researchers in Mexico have designed a new mask to allow people to eat while wearing one, according to a Wednesday report. The caveat: it’s nose-only mask.

These nose masks are worn underneath a full face mask and feature similar strings that loop behind the ears. The new mask design was revealed in a demonstration video where a man and woman sit down for lunch, according to Reuters.

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The video, which features no talking, shows the duo removing their regular face masks to unveil their nose coverings before dining at an outdoor table. The new mask is designed to allow people to eat, drink, and talk—all while covering their noses.

Cells that give humans their sense of smell are a major entry point for coronavirus, making nose coverings important, according to Johns Hopkins University, as The New York Post pointed out. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that individuals wear masks that fully cover their nose, mouth, and chin in order to best safeguard themselves and others from COVID-19.

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Furthermore, research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that more mask material and more mask layers are usually better than less. In February, the CDC updated its guidance to recommend double-masking as an additional protection measure, saying it can significantly lower the spread of COVID-19.

In the United States, just over 30 million people have contracted the virus, and 545,000 people have died from it, according to COVID-19 data from Johns Hopkins University as of Thursday.

The nose-mask video, it should be noted, did not mention the names of the Mexican researchers, their company or organization, or when the nose masks could become publicly available.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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