3 masks for COVID

FDA keeps changing KN95 guidelines, so stick to N95s or cloth masks

Earlier this year, with N95 respirators in short supply, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency authorizations for Chinese-made KN95 respirators. New manufacturers soon flooded the market, unfortunately with often-defective products that the FDA signed off on anyway. Now, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal (archive link), states that trusted

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The math: why COVID-19 is declining in hotspots and flat nationwide, but deaths are still rising

The past ten days have brought a mix of good and bad news for the United States and COVID-19. On the good side, the moving average of new COVID-19 cases in the USA has flattened after over a month of rapid growth. New cases have even fallen by about 3.4% in recent days. The bad

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Never too many buckets: Ten uses for my favorite tool

If you’re a seasoned prepper, you likely already have stockpiles of certain things: food, water, ammunition, medical supplies, etc. We’ve linked to the guides for each category, but you can also take a look at the Emergency preparedness checklist: Prepping for beginners if you’re just looking to get started. In this post, I’d like to direct your

COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool Map

The COVID-19 event assessment planning tool can help you calculate your local risk

Wondering when it’ll be safe to plan or attend a gathering again? Georgia Tech and Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory have created a map that lets you calculate the odds of coming in contact with someone who has COVID-19. How to use the map The site offers several different risk-estimation tools, but we’ll focus on the map

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Dr. Bradley Garrett has bugged out: A conversation with the “Bunker” author

Publisher Simon and Schuster would like you to believe that Bunker: Building for the End Times is a study in the most extreme forms of prepping. The book’s jacket promises it will be “chilling” and “eerily prescient.” The cover itself pictures a set of concrete steps that open on a possibly-post-apocalyptic world. When Simon and Schuster

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How to know if your hand sanitizer is dangerous… and why it smells bad

Hand sanitizer has been in short supply this year. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer was one of the first items to face shortages. That’s led to a swarm of new vendors cranking out hand sanitizer to meet demand. While you probably still can’t find recognizable brands like Purell and Germ-X, you can

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Why your package is late: mail and package carriers suspend guarantees, cancel routes, suffer delays

You’re welcome to ship a package in the United States right now, but it might not actually arrive at its destination. FedEx and UPS have suspended money-back guarantees. FedEx, UPS, and the USPS have loosened signature requirements, announced shipping delays, and have even canceled some shipping routes. Here’s what you need to know: If you’re