Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks and Where to Get Them

 The greatest wealth is to live content with little

~ Plato

“Wendy and I made a decision earlier in the year that this was probably going to be the last year we would do the show, and we still feel it’s the right time,” Buck says.

“We both have personal reasons for it, as well. I’ve been doing breakfast for eight years now - it’s a pretty gruelling shift. The hours and the content you have to pursue can be difficult, but it’s also that we both have aspirations to do other things.

Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck to leave ABC Radio Sydney Breakfast

These systems are facing billions of attacks every month as hackers try to guess passwords - Remote Desk Control : CNET – “Computer networks are being aggressively bombarded with billions of password-guessing attacks as cyber criminals attempt to exploit the growth in remote desktop protocol (RDP) and other cloud services in corporate environments.  Cybersecurity researchers at ESET detected 55 billion new attempts at brute-force attacks between May and August 2021 alone – more than double the 27 billion attacks detected between January and April. Successfully guessing passwords can provide cyber criminals with an easy route into networks and an avenue they can use to launch further attacks, including delivering ransomware or other malware. Once in a network, they’ll attempt to use that access to gain additional permissions and manipulate the network, performing actions like turning off security services so they can go about their activities more easily…”

Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks and Where to Get Them - Scientific American: “High-quality respirators such as N95s and K95s are now widely available and provide the best protection against COVID, according to experts. Why aren’t more people wearing them..There is now a cornucopia of high-filtration respirator-style masks on the market, including N95s, Chinese-made KN95s and South Korean–made KF94s. They have been widely available and relatively affordable for months and provide better protection than cloth or surgical masks. Yet it was not until September 10 that the CDC finally updated its guidance to say the general public could wear N95s and other medical-grade masks now that they are in sufficient supply. Still, however, the “CDC continues to recommend that N95 respirators should be prioritized for protection against COVID-19 in healthcare settings,” wrote CDC spokesperson Jade Fulce in an e-mail to Scientific American last week. “Essential workers and workers who routinely wore respirators before the pandemic should continue wearing N95 respirators,” she continued. “As N95s become more available they can be worn in non-healthcare settings, however, cloth masks are an acceptable and recommended option for masking.” The agency announced in May that supplies of approved respirator masks had “increased significantly.” When asked why it only updated it guidance on N95 use by the public in September, Fulce replied that the “CDC regularly reviews and updates its guidance as more information becomes available.” Scientific Americanspoke with several experts on aerosol transmission—some of whom have tested various masks available on the market—and they agree that health authorities should strongly recommend people wear well-fitted, high-filtration masks…”

19 Face Masks We Actually Like to Wear - Wired: “We didn’t want it to happen, but it did. Months after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed mask guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals, the organization has again updated its instructions. Now the CDC recommends that even vaccinated individuals continue to wear masks indoors to help mitigate the spread of the much more contagious Delta Covid-19 variant. Now is as good a time as ever to update your stash. A good face mask is a critical tool to help slow the spread of Covid-19. We’ve been building our mask collections, outfitting our kids, and adapting our practices as new, science-based recommendations emerge. These are some of the masks, and masking practices, that I and other WIRED staff members are using. I’ve also highlighted sustainable options, ones from diverse and small manufacturers, as well as companies donating masks to or sharing profits with worthy causes. Try a few, but remember to keep washing your handsregularly, staying at home when possible, and maintaining at least a 6-foot distance from others in public (preferably outdoors)…”

Mental Health and the Legal Profession  Denno, Deborah W. and Green, Bruce A., Mental Health and the Legal Profession (June 28, 2021). 89 Fordham L. Rev. 2415-25 (2021) (Foreward and Dedication), Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3875507, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3875507

“The Fordham Law Review’s Symposium collection on Mental Health and the Legal Profession is dedicated to the memory of Professor Deborah L. Rhode. As the Symposium highlights, the mental and emotional well-being of those in the legal profession is one of increasing concern. This November 2020 Symposium focused on current developments that have exacerbated the extraordinary pressures experienced by many legal professionals: the COVID-19 pandemic, racial tensions, and political uncertainty. From law school and into the legal profession, different groups of individuals confront varying challenges that propel mental health problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety. Racial-based adversity in particular compounds these difficulties for minority law students and attorneys; for example, minority women lawyers may be expected to take on additional responsibilities without being credited for their “invisible labor.” This Symposium’s contributors offered possible solutions the legal profession can embrace to address mental health issues and inspire positive change to the legal culture. Such a turnabout could better equip legal professionals to succeed in their professional lives without the cost of their personal lives and mental health.”