April Armstrong has contributed her expertise throughout the pandemic to help you translate sometimes complicated public health guidance and stay safe based on her leadership role with the one of the nation's largest pandemic research programs in the United States for which Dr. Anthony Fauci was a lead advisor.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this site should be construed as medical advice or information or replace any public health guidance from Federal, State or local public health authorities.
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The World Health Organization has advised that before opening, rates of positivity in testing (ie, out of all tests conducted, how many came back positive for COVID-19) of should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days. Johns Hopkins University's data is widely considered the most comprehensive, current and credible tracker.
Yahoo Sports says it best, "The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the international governing body for roller derby, has created a comprehensive, science-based COVID-19 plan that focuses on keeping every single athlete, official and fan safe. And it blows every other plan in sports completely out of the water."
El País has an outstanding visualization showing the likelihood of infection in three everyday scenarios, based on the safety measures used and the length of exposure.
Duke University shows that it's possible to do the impossible: keep a residential university open and largely COVID-free. What does it take? Relentless, uncompromising, unyielding, comprehensive commitment by every member of the Duke Community. Watch and learn.
While it only takes one unlucky encounter with the wrong person to contract COVID-19, this is nonetheless an interesting interactive map that shows the risk level of attending an event, given the event size and location.
The site tracks each state's progress towards stopping the spread of COVID-19. It's maintained by an all-volunteer, non-partisan group of people who have worked across multiple administrations with experience working at the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Personal respiratory protection is the last line of defense when preventing transmission of an infectious respiratory disease. Learn more about this line of defense here.
How Safe Is Air Travel?
No, you do not need to travel in a HAZMAT suit, but April does strongly recommend traveling in a "protective" mask in any public transportation environment. This is especially important if you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19. Even if you have been vaccinated, you may desire to take extra precautions to stay safe from emerging COVID-19 variants or any of the eight major respiratory viruses that are readily transmitted in tight public spaces such as travel environments.
April recommends adding eye protection for people who desire extra protection in places where you may be in forced proximity with others for any duration of time in a closed environment (such as airplanes). Some gear to consider include:
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