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Stateside: Whitmer budget; no COVID help for undocumented immigrants; history of masks

Feb 11, 2021

The CDC announced this week that wearing two masks or a tight-fitting surgical mask is highly effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask as a tool against the spread of disease has been a form of defense before the COVID-19 pandemic, so we looked in to the history of masks with a historian of medicine from the University of Michigan.
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Today, on Stateside, a new state budget paves the way into another uncertain year. Also, a discussion about how undocumented immigrants have been shut out of federal aid during the pandemic.

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Gov Whitmer’s releases proposed 2021-22 budget, largest in Michigan history

  • Rick Pluta is the Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief.

Shirkey comments are symptom of culture of disrespect toward women, says State Sen. Chang

  • Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) is a Michigan state senator.

Congress slams door on undocumented immigrants for COVID relief, but aid is available

  • Charo Ledon is a co-founder of Buenos Vecinos, a volunteer-led group in Washtenaw County helping undocumented immigrants.

A brief history of masks in medicine

  

  • Dr. Howard Markel is a medical historian and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at University of Michigan.

How Michigan-based Pfizer plans to ramp up production of the COVID vaccine

  

  • Elizabeth Weise is a reporter for USA Today. You can read her latest reporting on the Pfizer vaccine here.