"UN DESA will organize a series of policy dialogues among board members, contributing authors and prominent thinkers that will further inform COVID-19 responses so that countries can build back better and avoid returning to a pre-pandemic pathway, where progress towards important objectives was not rapid enough, or was happening at the cost of significant reversals on others."
Groups receiving substantial PPP loans include the Center for Biological Diversity ($2-5 million), 350.org ($1-2 million), Food & Water Watch ($2-5 million), Friends of the Earth ($1-2 million), and the National Wildlife Federation, with a loan of between $5-10 million. Other groups with a record of resisting energy development and infrastructure construction, including Earthworks, the Rainforest Action Network, WildEarth Guardians, and Oil Change International, received smaller loans of between $150,000 and $1 million.
Many of these green groups actively lobbied Congress to pass the CARES Act while they also tried to stop relief being directed toward the energy industry.
2006 study on viruses lockdowns, social distancing & masks:
On masks: "But studies have shown the ordinary surgical mask does little to prevent inhalation of small droplets bearing influenza virus. The pores in the mask become blocked by moisture from breathing, and the air stream simply diverts around the mask."
The final paragraph begins: "Experience has shown that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social functioning of the community is least disrupted."
On "Prohibition of Social Gatherings": "During [flu] epidemics, public events with an expected large attendance have sometimes been cancelled... There are, however, no certain indications these actions have had any definitive effect on the severity or duration of an epidemic."
"But a policy calling for communitywide cancellation of public events seems inadvisable."
A 2015 study on masks of 1600 health-care workers showed those wearing masks were 6 times as likely to have flu-like illnesses as those in the control group after 4 weeks..." - The conclusion: "This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks... moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks, and poor filtration may result in an increased risk of infection."