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Singing, Masks, And Jail Sentences: Is This America?




Singing uplifts your mood. It can stimulate circulation. 

Singing exercises your lungs. It allows for increased oxygen intake. 

Some say singing can even prolong your life! 

So, go on and do your best “Buddy the Elf” impersonation and belt it out…in a store and everything!

But, wait…what about Corona, Covid, or any of her lesser known names?

Some fear the respiratory droplets that could be passed through normal conversation could worsen with the health-promoting activity of singing. 

But, are these fears and their resulting mandates, cancellations, and restrictions warranted? 

Is singing any worse than talking when it comes to the spread of the coronavirus?

Singing Isn’t Worse Than Talking

You can meet, but don’t greet. You can look but don’t touch. You can talk but don’t sing. 

These rules seem to be taking over our lives. 

Is anything safe? I mean, raise your hand if you’re starting to feel like a toddler in this Covid world! 

You know, where you feel like you just can’t touch or do anything without an “a-a-at” from your government mommy. 

But, it’s all for our good, right, because there is some evidence to back the recommendations that we’ve seen rolled out in these last months. 

The areas where science has spoken in regards to the spread of this virus, revolve around aerosols.  

These tiny particles that we exhale are the reasons for these mandates and recommendations.

It has been concluded that a person who is sick with COVID-19 can spread the virus through respiratory droplets (aerosols) as they talk, cough, or sneeze within a certain distance (primarily 6 feet) of other individuals.

A secondary concern is that these infected respiratory droplets can then land on surfaces and transmit the virus to those who come in contact with said surfaces. 

But, what about singing? It seems that this is more feared than even talking in regards to this virus and the potential for its spread through those respiratory droplets. 

All across the country, from Kentucky to California, governors have sought to eliminate the possibility of singing where gatherings are permitted. 

These governors have been legally challenged regarding this overreach and have legally lost those battles. 

Some say their mandates were challenged and thus negated due to their unconstitutional nature. And, while that is absolutely true, would a look at science at the start of it all have prevented such constitutional grievances in the first place?

Is there really any significant evidence to show that singing can spread the virus any more than talking? 

Short answer: NO! 

A study was recently done with 25 professional singers from various backgrounds. 

In this study, these singers participated in a variety of singing exercises including changes in range, pitch, and volume. 

This was done in a theater where no other aerosols were present, and researchers inspected the aerosols produced by varying sounds directly from the singers. 

Their findings proved that while loud singers could carry more risk of transmitting aerosols, this was no different than the transmission risk with loud talkers. 

This research “suggests that there is no specific excess risk of transmission due to singing,” which has now led to recommendations for safe operation in performing arts settings amidst this COVID season that we’re still finding ourselves in. 

With proper ventilation and distancing, this study has shown that both performing and singing together in crowds (such as in a religious setting) can be done safely. 

However, some choirs are still relying on what they believe to be an added safety measure when singing together: masks. 

And, now, not just in choirs, masks can mean far more than perceived protection from the coronavirus. In fact, wearing one might just keep you out of jail! 

Mask Orders Are Escalating To Fines And Jail Time

“So, what are you in for?” 

“I shot a man in Reno…how about you?”

“Didn’t wear a mask into Target.”

“Guards, please, get me away from this monster!!!” 

Come on, folks! Is this what Corona has come to? Apparently, yes!

In Washington state, not following the governor’s mask mandates “to the letter,” has now resulted in a mask up or suit up (orange prison jumpsuits that is) situation. 

In fact, violating these mask mandates in one east Washington county is now a gross misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines. 

I thought Ashton Kutcher’s Punk’d days were over? This canNOT be real. Show me the hidden camera. 

Folks, not only is it real, it doesn’t seem like it will be going away any time soon. 

Results from various studies are truly all across the spectrum on the effectiveness of masks, yet, this is the horse that is being ridden here in the good ole US of A. 

So, if your workplace or governing authorities where you live have removed your choice of whether or not to wear a mask, what do you need to know about your options?

What types of masks are available? Which ones work? Which ones don’t?

Types Of Masks

Many, from healthcare workers to previous statements by Dr. Anthony Fauci and the WHO, have stated that the effectiveness of masks is not only limited but may cause folks wearing them to gain a false sense of security. 

Even companies manufacturing masks have begun to print warnings listed on their packaging informing the buyer that the mask will indeed NOT guarantee protection from Covid-19. 

But, none of that matters when you are forced to:

  • Wear a mask or be fined
  • Wear a mask or go to jail
  • Wear a mask or lose your job

So, if you’re in a place where mandates abound, here’s a look at the popular masks and their effectiveness: 


N-95 reusable masks seem to be the most effective at particle filtration. These medical masks, according to the NY Times, filter 95% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. 

If you’re looking for maximum protection, N95 is the only way to go, and…

They’re in stock here for 40% off (while supplies last).

Surgical or Medical

The penetration of particles by surgical masks has been found to be 44%, meaning that these commonly used disposable masks only tote about 56% effectiveness.  

It is noteworthy that a few cases have found these masks to provide a potential for 80% effectiveness, but this was a small study with complete contingency on the mask being worn correctly. 


While this type of mask seems to be the covering of choice for most Americans, its effectiveness is alarmingly low (at least if you are truly wearing the mask to both avoid spreading or catching the coronavirus).

One study showed the penetration of particles (or droplets) in a cloth mask to be nearly 97%!

If your jaw just dropped, I’m assuming you did the math there. Yep, only 3% effective. 


Another popular type of cloth facial covering is a bandana. In a 100% cotton bandana, studies show that this type of “mask” only captured or trapped 20% of respiratory particles…when it was doubled over twice!! 

When doubled over twice, this would mean that you have four layers of protection which still only totals a 20% reduction in transmission. 


So, what about those who have taken to their sewing machines or those who’ve been scouring Etsy for homemade masks? What does science say about the protection they offer in the Covid battle?

Many of these homemade masks, to be effective, are incorporating added filters. 

One type of filter being used is a coffee filter. 

A New York Times article cited the effectiveness of two brands of coffee filters: Brew Rite and Natural Brew basket-style filters. When used in three-layer stacks, these provided 40-50% filtration. 

Other homemade varieties incorporated the use of actual HVAC filters cut and sewn into masks. And, these allergy-reducing filters captured 94% of particles when double-layered. 

Six layers of a regular furnace filter achieved N-95 mask success at 95% filtration. 

The problem with these inserted filters arose with the inhalation of small particles from the actual filters, proving their use to be risky. 

And, breathing in particles from filters in masks isn’t the only problem that is arising regarding facial coverings…

Mask Shortages Are Likely

Can you recall the headlines at the beginning of this pandemic? 

“Shortages of PPE for healthcare workers!”

They’ve been dubbed the super heroes of this Covid battle. They have tirelessly worked on the front lines putting their own health and well-being at risk while caring for those affected by this virus. 

So, surely they deserve protection from said virus, right? 

But, wait…if every healthy person in the country is forced to wear a mask or go to jail, what happens to our health care workers? 

Yep, you guessed it! Their ability to find masks is affected yet again. 

Just a month ago, doctors and nurses were having to reuse N-95 masks for days, some even weeks, due to a shortage. 

Some offices had to close completely because they simply could not obtain appropriate amounts of PPE for their staff. 

That was mid-July. 

Since then, many schools and colleges have reopened, most requiring masks to be worn. And, more and more states are following suit with mask mandates that hold steep penalties if not followed. 

Logic tells us this is only going to lead to a greater mask shortage… especially if you want a mask that actually works well.

Fortunately, we’ve gotten access to a supply of N95 masks that are comfortable, won’t fog your glasses, and are discounted 40% off through this link. They sold out within 48 hours of our last announcement, so hurry!


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Exploring the Role of the Health Belief Model in Preventative Health Behaviors




Preventative health behaviors are essential for maintaining overall well-being and preventing the onset of various illnesses and diseases. One model that has been widely used to explain and promote these behaviors is the Health Belief Model (HBM). The HBM is a psychological model that was originally developed in the 1950s by social psychologists Hochbaum, Rosenstock, and Kegels. It aims to explain and predict health behaviors by taking into account individual beliefs and perceptions.

The HBM is based on the premise that individuals are more likely to take action to prevent or control a health issue if they believe that they are susceptible to the issue, that it is severe, that taking action will be beneficial, and that they are capable of taking the necessary steps. These four key elements are known as perceived susceptibility, perceived severity, perceived benefits, and perceived barriers, respectively.

Perceived susceptibility refers to an individual’s belief about their personal risk of developing a particular health issue. For example, someone who believes that they are at high risk of developing heart disease may be more likely to engage in preventative behaviors such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

Perceived severity is the individual’s belief about the seriousness of the health issue. If someone believes that the consequences of not taking action to prevent a particular health issue are severe, they may be more motivated to engage in preventative behaviors.

Perceived benefits refer to the individual’s belief that taking action to prevent or control the health issue will be effective in reducing the risk. If someone believes that exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet will help to lower their risk of developing heart disease, they may be more likely to engage in these behaviors.

Perceived barriers are the obstacles that may prevent an individual from taking action to prevent or control a health issue. These barriers may be financial, logistical, or psychological. For example, someone may be deterred from exercising regularly due to a lack of time or access to a gym.

The HBM has been applied to a wide range of preventative health behaviors, including cancer screenings, vaccinations, and healthy lifestyle choices. Research has shown that individuals who have higher levels of perceived susceptibility, severity, benefits, and lower levels of barriers are more likely to engage in preventative health behaviors.

Healthcare providers and public health professionals can use the HBM to design interventions and communication strategies that promote preventative health behaviors. By addressing and changing individuals’ beliefs and perceptions, these interventions can help to increase motivation and enable people to take action to protect their health.

In conclusion, the Health Belief Model is a valuable framework for understanding and promoting preventative health behaviors. By considering individuals’ beliefs and perceptions about their health, healthcare providers can design effective interventions that motivate and empower people to take control of their well-being. The HBM plays a crucial role in shaping public health strategies and encouraging individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent the onset of diseases and illnesses.

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How to Perform CPR Fast and Effectively




( – EVERYONE HAS SEEN THE tense moments in movies where someone collapses, and someone else dashes to the scene to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

One crucial action, such as retrieving an automated external defibrillator (AED), can make the difference between life and death. This action is typically not given much emphasis.

Follow these life-saving steps immediately:

Step 1: Check the Scene

Check to see if the person is alright by tapping them and asking if there are any chemical spills or downed electrical lines.

Step 2: Check for Breathing

Proceed to the next step immediately if they are not breathing or are only sometimes gasping for air.

Step 3: Call 911 and Grab the AED

Tell anyone close to perform these actions so that you can start CPR. Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., a former president of the American Heart Association, advises skipping the AED and beginning compressions as soon as possible if you have to search for the device that shocks the heart back into rhythm.

Step 4: Start CPR

Use the AED first if it’s nearby: When an AED shock is administered within the first minute of a cardiac arrest, nine out of ten victims survive. Perform chest compressions until aid comes if an AED is not available.

Compressions can increase the chances of survival by two or three times if performed in the first few minutes after cardiac arrest.

How to Do Chest Compressions: Place the heel of one hand in the center of the chest, precisely at the nipple line, while kneeling next to the individual to perform chest compressions.

Put the other one on top of the initial one. Put your fingers together. Locked elbows, apply force quickly. Compress between 100 and 120 times per minute; this is the beat of “Stayin’ Alive.”

Each time, delve two inches deeper.

Step 5: Follow the AED’s Instructions

The AED’s audio instructions walk you through every stage of using it after you turn it on. All you have to do is listen and answer. The instructions will tell you how to position the electrode pads and whether you should click the button to shock someone.

They also recommend restarting CPR if a shock is ineffective.

Step 6: Continue CPR

Hands-only CPR is equally successful in the initial minutes following cardiac arrest in adults and teenagers as it is when combined with rescue breathing.

Continue until your breathing returns, assistance comes, or you cannot continue.

If you are faced with a situation where someone near you requires CPR, follow the step-by-step guide below to potentially save a life.

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Your 4-Week Plan for Better Mental Wellness




( – Everything in your day to day and your life is impacted by your mental health. There are other options outside therapy, medication, and even meditation to maximize it.

You can do many little things to improve your mental health, remove obstacles in your path, and achieve your life goals.

Being happy with your mental health does not imply that you never experience terrible days. It means you can handle those days with more extraordinary fortitude and less effort.

And perhaps you can figure out how to prepare yourself for even fewer of them down the road.

This four-week strategy helps you do things differently, think outside the box, overcome obstacles, and feel joy and amazement. In essence, it improves your mental health.

Week 1: Take a Breather

Day 1: Pause for a Minute

Take a moment to ground yourself by noticing 5 things you can see, 4 you can touch, 3 you can hear, 2 you can smell, and 1 you can taste.

Day 2: Focus on Your Breath

Practice 4-7-8 breathing: inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7, and exhale for 8. Repeat a few times to relax.

Day 3: Let Your Mind Wander

Sit quietly without distractions, allowing your mind to relax and think positively, boosting creativity and mood.

Day 4: Embrace JOMO

Limit social media use and enjoy the joy of missing out (JOMO). Focus on what matters to you rather than online content.

Day 5: Get Some Rest

Prioritize sleep by setting a bedtime, keeping your room cool, and avoiding screens before bed.

Week 2: Ask a Question a Day

Day 1: What’s Going Well?

Focus on what’s working well to boost positivity and well-being.

Day 2: How Will This Decision Affect Me?

Consider the short-, medium-, and long-term consequences of your decisions to reduce anxiety.

Day 3: How Am I Feeling Right Now, Really?

Identify and understand your genuine emotions without labeling them as good or bad.

Day 4: What’s Possible Today?

Adapt to daily challenges by asking what’s achievable rather than striving for perfection.

Day 5: What Can I Let Go Of?

Identify and start letting go of negative self-talk or unhealthy relationships.

Week 3: Fuel Your Mood with Food

Day 1: Eat a Day’s Worth of Greens in One Meal

Incorporate two cups of leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, into your diet for mental and physical benefits.

Day 2: Sample the Rainbow

Eat various colorful fruits and vegetables to boost optimism and reduce stress.

Day 3: Dive Into Seafood

Include fatty fish like salmon for omega-3s and vitamin D, which support brain health.

Day 4: Shift Your Snacks

Choose nuts like almonds or walnuts to nourish your brain with essential nutrients.

Day 5: Add Friends

Share meals with friends to enhance mental wellness through social connections.

Week 4: Use These Mind Hacks

Day 1: Embrace Uncertainty

Accepting what you can’t control helps reduce stress and anxiety.

Day 2: Plan for Hurdles

Prepare for daily challenges to stay balanced and resilient.

Day 3: Change Your Language

Reframe negative emotions by noting them as feelings rather than defining yourself by them.

Day 4: Balance Your Negativity with Positivity

Counter negative thoughts with positive ones to improve mental well-being.

Day 5: Be Amazed

Experience awe through nature, art, or inspiring talks to boost creativity and mood.

Mental health impacts how we think, behave, and feel. It’s closely tied to physical health, and nearly everyone faces mental health challenges at some point.

This 30-day plan offers simple daily changes to help reduce stress and anxiety, enhancing mental well-being and resilience.

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