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Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 11: What type of mask should I wear?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 11: What type of mask should I wear?:

Hi, Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology UW-Green Bay.

We are continuing our video series on why COVID-19 matters. If you cannot physically separate yourself social distancing sometimes this is referred to as six feet, you are absolutely strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.

They need to cover both the nose and the mouth. That is critically important. Number two, if you are wearing something that you can reuse because it’s made up of cotton… which seems to be a very good material… it’s important that you wash these face coverings daily. Make sure that you have a supply that can accommodate your needs as you go about your business.

Now in terms of material, cotton that is tightly woven that have more than one layer seems to work very well. In terms of protection that is not recommended at this time, we talk about face shields. There are investigation studies being looked at to determine their value. At this time, we do not recommend them. And neck gaiters… studies are being done with those as well. We don’t have enough information about their utility at this time so, we do not recommend neck gators either.

One other category of face coverings that are not recommended, they’re not masks as much as they are respirators. These are N95 respirators, we reserve these for use in medical by medical personnel that have an absolute need because of the risk that they face for using those. Nor do we recommend any kind of face covering that has an exhaust valve. If you are asymptomatic and infectious and don’t know you’re infectious you are releasing that virus. As you could ultimately infect others, we recommend against their use as well.

We recommend face coverings for individuals two years and older, not younger. We do not recommend face coverings for individuals that have trouble breathing. These are conversations you should have with your health care providers to make sure you get the best guidance for your particular situation. All other individuals are strongly recommended to wear face coverings, especially if you cannot social distance when you’re going to be around individuals and there’s less than six feet of separation from you and the next individual and that’s whether it’s outside or inside. Thank you.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from

Part 2: Two main types of viruses

Part 3: Why is this virus serious?

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care?

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask?

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year?

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine?

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information?

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear?



10 videos guide a university’s COVID response | University Business

A series of videos is guiding students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as it maintains the safest possible environment this semester. The series, created by professor of immunology Brian Merkel, covers a range of topics, including why young people should remain vigilant about the virus, the science of vaccines and the reasons for getting a flu shot. The videos, which are also meant to dispel myths and rumors about the pandemic, appear to be having an impact. The university’s COVID dashboard shows a positivity rate of 0.87%, out of about 5,400 tests since the beginning of September. About 7,600 students are enrolled at the university’s four locations.

Source: 10 videos guide a university’s COVID response | University Business

hanging tribal flags in the University Union on Indigenous People's Day 2020

Video: UW-Green Bay celebrates Indigenous People’s Day

UW-Green Bay celebrated Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, with a student-led program, flag display and video, as well as an installation of a permanent Land Acknowledgement Display in the University Union. Watch the video that celebrates the history of the Tribal Nations in Wisconsin.

LGBTQ students in the Green Bay Campus Pride Center

UW-Green Bay named 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges

Campus Pride IndexAnnounced just today (Oct. 13, 2020), UW-Green Bay was once again named among the 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges and universities. The announcement features 40 campuses from six regions of the country which are deeply committed to LGBTQ students and rate the highest for LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice. The full listing may be found online. UW-Green Bay received five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index.

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Reminder: Please consider donating to food pantries at four campuses for World Food Day, Friday, Oct. 16

In a memorable to our four-campus community, Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs Corey King asked that we join with others across the world, in recognition of World Food Day, Friday, Oct. 16.

“This Friday, October 16, in recognition of World Food Day, let’s fill the shelves of our food pantries on our four campuses! Below you will find a list of needed items and times and locations for contactless drop-offs. We know many team members are working remotely so we’re offering these times so you can conveniently participate in the World Food Day event,” King said.

Items in high demand include: breakfast bars, peanut butter, jam/jelly, muffin mixes, hot and cold cereal, grits, canned fruits and vegetables, applesauce, soups and stews, baked beans, bagged whole rice, canned pasta sauce, pasta noodles (including gluten free), condiments (including soy sauce and hot sauce), hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, tea oil, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, Band-Aids with a variety of prints and colors, sanitary products, razors, canned powder scrubs, liquid cleaners and liquid dish soap, laundry detergent, sponges, and dryer sheets. Vegetarian and sugar fee items are also greatly appreciated!

Contactless Drop-Off Points (look for the collection boxes):

  • Green Bay Campus – Campus Cupboard – Inside the glass doors at the entry to the University Union from the circle drive with the painted Phoenix from Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Manitowoc Campus – The Marketplace – 10 a.m. to Noon inside the Founder’s Hall Entrance, look for the collection bin
  • Marinette Campus – The Closet – Front desk in the main building from 10 a.m. to Noon;
  • Sheboygan Campus – The Food Pantry – Side door next to the TV Station or drop off at the main entrance of the Student
    Services Office between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Student Employment Job Fair is Oct. 21

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment is hosting a virtual job fair for on-campus employers and community service work-study partners. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Employers may advertise current openings, recruit for future positions, or simply connect with students who are seeking jobs. On-campus supervisors should have received an email with a link to register through Handshake.

Please contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at or 920-465-2556 with any questions. Register here.

Prof. Wheat to lead environmental justice/civil rights presentation, Thursday, Oct. 22

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat will discuss environmental justice and its relationship to civil rights in a presentation, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public and can be accessed at

According to the event description, Wheat will be diving into the environmental justice movement in the United States that began in 1982 when residents of Warren County, North Carolina, used non-violent tactics to oppose the siting of a toxic PCB landfill in their mainly African American community. Decades later, Sheila Holt described her family’s health struggles after the government of Dickson, Tennessee, protected white families from polluted drinking water but told her and other Black families that the water was safe. She inspired countless of other people to think of environmental issues as human rights issues that must be addressed through confronting systemic racism.

Cofrin Library Archives to host virtual event: Stories from the Archives: Green Bay’s Favorite Team in the 1930’s

Green Bay, Wis.—Tony Walter’s new book The Packers, My Dad, and Me, will be the focus of the next program in a series provided to the community by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives. Walter was a long time sports writer and editor for the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The free virtual program, Green Bay’s Favorite Team in the 1930s, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m. and is a popular continuing series called “Stories from the Archives.” No downloads are required to participate in the program via Microsoft Teams. Viewers can access the virtual program link by visiting the Facebook event.

UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center located in UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library, provides research assistance to scholars on a wide variety of topics and is witness to many unique projects that stem from its vast array of historical collections. To showcase these research efforts the Archives continues the speaker series Stories from the Archives, which Archives Director Deb Anderson describes as “a wonderful opportunity to share with others these amazing research efforts and projects.”

In his book, retired journalist Tony Walter provides an up close and personal view of the team and the Green Bay community in the 1930s. The author and his father, John Walter, were both sports editors for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. This newest offering for fans of Green Bay Packers history, is primarily drawn from the diaries and newspaper columns of John Walter, as well as original documents and the author’s own personal experiences.

Through his research, Tony Walter uncovered rich Green Bay Packers history. In the program, Walter will share stories about the 1930s Green Bay Packers, discuss his writing process, and talk about his research experiences. One of the highlights will be the intriguing court documents he found at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center. Anderson noted, “although the court documents play a central role in the history of the Green Bay Packers they have received minimal research attention.”

The live event will include a Q&A session, of which audience members will have the opportunity to ask Walter about his book and his research experiences.

The Packers, My Dad, and Me is his second book on Green Bay Packers history; his first being Baptism by Football.

“The UWGB Archives was one of the institutions that opened doors to help locate important documents…to make his book possible,” Walter said.

For more information about the program contact University Archives 920-465-2539 or