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A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control study found that two masks are better than one in blocking the spread of coronavirus particles.
“The researchers found that wearing one mask — surgical or cloth — blocked around 40% of the particles coming toward the head that was breathing in. When a cloth mask was worn on top of a surgical mask, about 80% were blocked,” the Associated Press’ Mike Stobbe reports.
Researchers say finding the right mask fit remains crucial, Stobbe reports, and the CDC’s updated mask guidance notes that wearing a disposal mask beneath a cloth mask can provide extra protection and a good fit.
Progress in driving COVID-19 numbers down in Wisconsin could be ‘undone’ by new variants — Cap Times
CDC study finds two masks are better than one vs. COVID-19 — Associated Press
Poor ventilation in multifamily buildings may lessen benefit of staying at home to avoid COVID — FairWarning
Wisconsin Supreme Court asked to block statewide mask order — Associated Press
Wisconsin Republicans direct $66 million in aid to schools holding in-person classes — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison Public Schools to bring students back to classrooms starting March 9 — WPR
Kenosha County launches COVID-19 vaccine call center — Kenosha News
Wisconsin politicians are asking Wauwatosa, West Allis and Milwaukee schools to have ‘entirely’ in-person learning — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Data to note
The Department of Health Services continues to log fewer daily infections, with average daily cases now dipping below 1,000. Still, the agency reports a seven-day average of 25 new daily deaths. Wisconsin’s pandemic death toll now sits at 6,129.
Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed.
WisContext offers this visualization of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections and deaths.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin has thus far delivered at least one vaccine dose to 10.6% of the entire population, according to tracking by The New York Times.
Here is Wisconsin Watch’s county-by-county look at the state’s vaccine rollout as of Feb. 5. We’ll update this map weekly.
Calculate your exposure risk
In Wisconsin, even small gatherings can carry a big risk of exposure to the coronavirus, according to a nationwide tool that estimates the danger by the size of gathering and county in which it is held. Data scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University developed the tool, which you can find here.
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Super Bowl trip was a much-needed break for Bellin Health workers — Green Bay Press-Gazette
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