Apparently, daily counts from the state will not always be available for new cases. Rather, they will be “dumped” every few days. I hope to continue compiling data that helps me, like the number of cases admitted in area G in 24 hours and ICC Beds available and the like. Note that we are nearing Gov. Abbot’s magic “15%”of hospital capacity filled by Covid patients. I don’t believe it is nearly as important as ICU numbers and available ventilators. “Daily Cases per 100,000 Population” continues to give perspective. Right now, Omicron is not overwhelming those functions — while it is overrunning other hospital beds and functions and normal medical care. Tomorrow’s numbers should be more helpful.

How to spot a fake N95, KN95, or KF94 mask

(J. Harris: Quick read with pictures.)

”…On N95s

The NIOSH mark is missing. NIOSH—spelled correctly—should be in block letters and easily detectable…There’s no approval number. This alphanumeric designation starts with the letters “TC-84A,” followed by four additional digits, and can be found on the mask or the bands. If there is one, check for it on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List. (Sometimes, crafty counterfeiters make one up, says the FBI. It’s also possible, though, that some might just steal one from a legitimate mask, whether or not they co-opted the branding as well.)..The mask has ear loops. Legitimate N95 masks never have ear loops; instead they have a pair of elastic bands that go around the back of the head. This typically creates a tighter seal than the ear loops characteristic of KN95s and KF94s.

It’s labeled for children. There are no kid-size N95 masks. Only adult-size masks undergo the NIOSH approval process and can be designated as N95s. So anything labeled as a “Kids N95” is, by definition, a phony. However, there are legitimate children’s-size KN95 and KF94 masks, including those we recommend in our guide to the best masks for kids and toddlers…

On KN95s

There’s no GB marking. The KN95 standard requires that masks made after July 1, 2021, be stamped with GB2626-2019, which provides reassurance that the manufacturer constructed the mask according to current Chinese respirator standards, Miller said. A mask with a GB number ending in 2006 was made according to the previous standard and is still legitimate if the expiration date hasn’t passed.

The origin of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern


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