Though it may be an understatement to say that 2020 has been full of surprises, at least a few of the bits of unexpected news have been positive.

One of those was the finding, reported in science journals, that face masks, both the N95 respirators and the cloth or paper varieties, could be effectively sterilized in a rice cooker.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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