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What Kind of Mask Should My Kid Wear?

June 8th, 2020 Posted by Life and Culture 0 thoughts on “What Kind of Mask Should My Kid Wear?”

“If you have young children, this article is for you as we move forward into new phases of re-opening our economy.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


As cities and towns all over the US move forward into new phases or re-opening, face masks are still recommended (and often required) for everyone when in public and social distancing cannot always be observed. These recommendations apply to teens and adults as well as children over the age of two. Although experts point out that you’re generally not as concerned about young kids catching the virus (Severe cases of COVID-19 in children are relatively uncommon), they recommend that you worry about protecting others should your child be an unknowing vector. The question of what type of mask is best for your child to wear is now top of mind. This article by Chloe Schama for VOGUE provides some good (and sometimes lighthearted) insights into these concerns.

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What is a mask valve, and why are cities banning them?

May 26th, 2020 Posted by Life and Culture, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “What is a mask valve, and why are cities banning them?”

“Valves on facemasks look intriguing and pretty RAD. However, if you want to protect those around you, this feature may not be what the doctor ordered.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Many cities are requiring that masks be worn in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may be seeing masks with valves being sold locally or advertised on your favorite social media feeds. If you’re like me, your reaction might be that the valve feature looks kind of cool and possibly more comfortable than other mask styles. However, as you’ll discover in this short piece by Mark Wilson for FASTCoMPANY, this type of mask may not be the best choice for being considerate and protecting those around you.

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3 Things To Consider Before Signing Up For A Free Trial

May 5th, 2020 Posted by Life and Culture, Technology 0 thoughts on “3 Things To Consider Before Signing Up For A Free Trial”

“Free apps are enticing right now but be careful, not every “free trial” ends up being free.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


As many of us are still in stay at home mode, finding things to do to pass the time continues to be challenging. During this time, some of the most intriguing options are “free trials” of those super entertaining apps for your mobile phone, tablet, computer, or binge-watching pleasure. So many choices, so many crazy cheap deals, what do I have to lose, right? Before you register and give your credit card info, read this article by Lauren Goode for WIRED, it could save you a bundle!

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Psychologist: Here’s How Employers Can Support Mental Health

May 1st, 2020 Posted by Life and Culture, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs) 0 thoughts on “Psychologist: Here’s How Employers Can Support Mental Health”

“While all are grateful to be working, the stress and anxiety of the new normal for many employees is real. Mental health support is critical right now and will be instrumental in returning with strength post-crisis.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


The changes to our work and family lives because of COVID-19 have been dramatic. According to recent statistics, about one-half of Americans report that their mental health has suffered due to the current pandemic yet; many are struggling to find the time and energy to prioritize mental health.

This recent article written by Renee Schneider (head of clinical quality at Lyra Health) for FastCompany sheds light on the subject and provides examples of how some of their corporate clients are addressing the mental health needs of their employees in the near and long-term.

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Why everyone you know is on Zoom

April 27th, 2020 Posted by Life and Culture, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Why everyone you know is on Zoom”

“Video conferencing has exploded in our new stay at home world and ZOOM, has become the king of conferencing apps. This recent article from FastCompany helps us understand how the how and why.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


While we continue to social distance, stay at home, and work from our home offices, the most popular way for us to meet for business or get together with family and friends is video conferencing. The paradigm shift in this space is nothing short of amazing as “Zoom” has taken over both work and play in the age of COVID-19. When I started to participate in and organize virtual meetings, I asked myself, “Why Zoom?” Why not other applications I had used previously (the first to come to mind was SKYPE).

Well, thank goodness author Mark Wilson must have been thinking about the same question when he wrote this 8-minute read for FastCompany.

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COVID-19 and 3D Printing

April 22nd, 2020 Posted by Life and Culture, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “COVID-19 and 3D Printing”

“3D Printing, while not perfect, has helped accomplish some amazing things during this crisis. Hopefully, the benefits of this tech will inspire further advancement and adoption.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


As we continue to move through the COVID-19 crisis, manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers are exploring new approaches to critical global supply chain issues while also striving for increased agility in innovation design. One of the solutions proving its effectiveness is 3D Printing. While not new, 3D Printing has come a long way from its inception and early challenges and is having a positive impact. This article by Steve Banker for Forbes provides a brief overview of how the 3D Printing community has come together to help during the crisis and what the potential benefits and challenges are for the technology in the future.

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