Wellness Wednesday – 7/8/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
New Study Details the Best Types of COVID-19 Face Masks
Since there isn’t enough personal protective equipment to go around, many Americans have sewn their own fabric masks or simply used a bandana.
While it’s understood that some level of protection is better than none, there hasn’t been much information on the effectiveness of these homemade masks.
A new study, published in the scientific journal Physics of Fluids, sheds new light on how the materials and construction of a face mask can impact its effectiveness.
Ultimately, the study determined that simple masks, like a bandana or handkerchief, are virtually ineffective. The most effective homemade masks were those that were well-fitted with multiple layers of quilting fabric. Cone-style and surgical masks also proved to be sufficient.
In Dogs, The Most Common Phobias Relate to Loud Noise
Dogs with noise phobias show symptoms including panting, pacing and hiding. These phobias can be so frightening that dogs will try and escape; this can lead to unnecessary injuries as a result. In dogs, the most common phobias relate to thunderstorms and loud noises.
With forward planning, your veterinarian may be able to prescribe treatment preemptively, but not all treatment needs to come from medications.
A thunder shirt can be a great way to easy the anxiety during summer storms and July 4 fireworks. Thunder shirts apply a gentle and constant pressure on the pet’s torso. Using pressure to relieve anxiety is a common practice; the pressure works in a similar manner to swaddling an infant.
In a recent study, almost 75% of pets were frightened by fireworks, but only 30% of owners sought help for their frightened pet. This summer, make sure your pet gets the love and attention they need during this particularly noisy time of year.
FARMERS MARKETS AROUND THE VALLEY
Local farmers and vendors are doing everything they can to continue providing fresh produce and products to the people. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, here’s a list of local farmers markets that are going above and beyond to serve the community.
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will be happening virtually. Order online or by phone, choose from four prepackaged choices, and pick up your delicious goods at their station.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. Also, you can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual spring market.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, children’s entertainment and seasonal special events. In the midst of COVID-19, the market is taking precautions to create a safe and enjoyable space for all patrons. For the time being, the market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Since 1979, Community Teamwork has sponsored the Lowell Farmers Market, offering fresh, locally grown produce from area farmers, as well as meats, fish, honey, baked goods, prepared meals, hand-crafts and more. This year, the market is set to begin on July 10, and it will run through October 2.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Pick up fresh produce and more with this mobile market. On Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Visit Lowell’s Mill No. 5 parking lot every Tuesday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Lowell Senior Center any Thursday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m; and Lucy Larcom Park on Fridays between 12 to 3 p.m. (Friday market will begin on July 10).