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    The University of California, Berkeley has introduced a mask mandate for students who have not taken a seasonal flu shot. 'Masks are required during flu season if not vaccinated for flu,' an announcement on the school's website read. The guidelines also strongly recommends that all people on UC Berkeley campuses wear masks indoors regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status. The move, which represents a doubling down on a widely abandoned masking policy and challenges 2019 norms for seasonal flu, was met with a torrent of criticism and mocking in equal measure on social media. Lawyer and California candidate for Senate Mark Meuser said: 'UC Berkeley is going to force unvaccinated students to mask during flu season, despite the CDC saying that unvaccinated should now be treated the same as vaccinated.  'Someone should tell UC Berkeley that they should follow the science,' he quipped sarcastically. '2019 norms gone forever at Berkeley, as university makes masking compulsory in flu seasons,' another user tweeted. Other users were in utter disbelief at the decision. 'I saw some images of it and doubted it, oh...
    New York City entered a “high Covid alert” this week due to rising cases, and Mayor Eric Adams and city officials have encouraged people to wear masks indoors, but they have not taken the extra step and put a requirement in place. Appearing on CNN’s New Day on Wednesday, Adams was pressed by host John Berman multiple times about his reasoning for not requiring masks, pushing back against Adams saying his administration is using every tool at its disposal to curb the rise in cases. “Do you want people to wear masks indoors?” Berman asked. Adams said he does despite the lack of a mandate and pushed other resources too, like available antivirals and testing. The city will also be distributing a million masks into the city, the mayor said, in an effort to encourage people wear them indoors. A mandate, however, is an “old method” from an “old war,” the mayor insisted. “We’re going to use all the tools so we can keep this city up and operating, but most important, safe,” he said. “You’re not really...
    (CNN)White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that Americans have a "choice" as to whether they will wear a mask on an airplane following a court ruling banning the federal mask mandate on planes, trains and other public transportation. "People are not legally bound to wear masks. So, it is a point in time where it is up to people, it is their choice," Psaki told reporters, later adding that the administration continues to recommend "everyone wear masks on a plane" per guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.When asked about President Joe Biden's comments Tuesday that people should decide for themselves whether to wear masks on an airplane, Psaki said that Biden "was answering the question quite literally," reiterating that the White House disagrees with the judge's decision and that Biden and others traveling with him would continue to wear a mask in flight."We are not implementing the mask mandate because of the court order, which we disagree with, while he is still abiding by CDC guidance. So, we recommend Americans do that across the...
    New York City children are being forced to wear face masks outdoors in parks, it has emerged, after Mayor Eric Adams unmasked school-aged children but refused to lift the restrictions for kids aged two to four. Brooklyn Nature Days, which organizes trips for youngsters in Prospect Park, wrote to parents explaining that their children will still have to wear face coverings outside to comply with Adams' rule. The announcement comes as the mayor himself has made a point of being out and about unmasked in the city, rubbing shoulders with celebrities such as Cara Delevigne to promote the idea that New York is back for business.   The Brooklyn-based organization wrote in an update to parents that the city's liaison officer from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) told them that masks would still need to be worn - even while outdoors. 'Our liaison at the DOHMH reached out to let us know that ... we should remain masked as we travel through the park in large groups,' the organization wrote on March 25. Children will be allowed to...
    Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo railed against masks while speaking at a press conference in Panama City on Thursday. “These are hard to find in Florida,” Ladapo said while holding up a navy blue cloth mask, eliciting a roar of laughter from officials behind him. “You gotta look hard, but if you know where to look you can find them.” Ladapo went on to lament the fact that in the United States, most people “across the political spectrum think these things are saving lives.” The doctor went on to cite different “levels of evidence” that are assigned to studies based on the quality of the research methods, explaining that the highest level of evidence is awarded to clinical trials. “So, to the doctors who tell you that these things save lives,” he said, holding up the mask and prompting more laughter. “Ask them, ask them, what did the two randomized clinical trials that we’ve done during the pandemic — what did they show. Ask them that when they tell you that these things save lives.” Ladapo claimed that one study...
    CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said Wednesday on “The Lead” that cloth masks were “fashion” and do not protect against COVID-19. Anchor Jake Tapper said, “One of the issues I hear a lot from viewers is the CDC doesn’t seem to distinguish — although they acknowledge on their website that there is a difference — they don’t seem to distinguish the real difference between a cloth mask that your Aunt Sadie made you with Eagles logos on it or whatever and an N95 mask. But there is a big difference. The CDC acknowledges it on the website, but when it comes to mask requirements or mandates, they don’t. I think a lot of people are confused by that because they think if the cloth mask doesn’t really do that much, why are they mandating it?” Reiner said, “I think CDC leadership believes any mask is better than no mask. What I’m here to say — if you want to wear a mask, wear an N95, a KN95 or KF94 mostly from Korea. Those three masks are extraordinarily protective against...
    (CNN)In some liberal states, masks are coming off -- but not everyone is ready. Governors in New Jersey, California, Delaware, Connecticut and Oregon have all said that they are lifting masking requirements in some indoor settings. All but California have set deadlines to end required masking in schools. The governors pointed to Covid-19 case rates that have fallen precipitously after Omicron's peak, the hospitalization rates that have stabilized or high vaccination rates in their states. Jill Filipovic But the Biden administration still recommends masking indoors -- a position that has long put it in conflict with some Republican-led states, and now with several Democrat-led ones. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, too, has not changed its guidance, and continues to recommend mask-wearing in schools, regardless of vaccination status.Read More This divide reflects politics as much as public health realities. But part of the problem is that there has been no clear path laid out by the CDC for when mask mandates should end, and in which settings we can drop them. Instead of a specific formula,...
    While health officials have been heavily pushing for eligible people to get vaccinated, some individuals who are fully vaccinated and received a booster shot have still tested positive for the illness.
    President Joe Biden complained that Americans had stopped wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic, promising to send better-fitting masks to Americans for free. “About one-third of Americans report they don’t wear a mask at all,” Biden noted disappointedly. The president spoke about masking during a speech on his video set across the street from the White House on the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. “I think it’s part of your patriotic duty,” he said about mask-wearing although he admitted, “it’s not that comfortable” and “it’s a pain in the neck” to wear them. During his speech, he lifted up his mask to demonstrate that masks should be worn tightly over the face and completely cover the nose. President Joe Biden demonstrates how to properly wear a maskWhitehouse.gov Biden announced he was developing plans to send more free masks to Americans so they would be encouraged to wear masks more often. “I know that we all wish we could finally be done with wearing masks, I get it, but they are a really important tool to stop the spread of especially...
    NEW YORK -- You better start stocking up on your surgical or N95 or KN95 masks. Studies are emerging that cloth masks are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID.A study released in November by researchers at Yale University, Stanford University and others found that villages in Bangladesh, India, where surgical masks were worn had 11% fewer cases of COVID than in villages where no masks were worn. In villages that wore cloth masks, infections were reduced by only 5%.The Mayo Clinic is now asking all of its patients and visitors to wear a surgical mask or other medical grade mask."There is emerging evidence that a surgical mask or a hospital or a medical grade mask does a better job of preventing respiratory droplets carrying the virus to other people around you," said Dr. Adi Shah with the Mayo Clinic.Shah said evidence from smaller studies is also suggesting that a surgical mask offers better protection than a cloth mask. Shah reminded people that a mask is not meant to protect the person wearing the mask, but other people.The N95...
    (CNN)With holiday travel returning to pre-pandemic levels, a health expert is offering advice for those planning to visit loved ones for Christmas, given the surge in Covid-19 cases in many parts of the country. Both New York state and Washington, DC reported record infection numbers on Thursday.With take-home tests hard to find and testing demands creating long lines nationwide, other safety measures such as wearing N95 or KN95 masks while traveling for the holidays will be critical, said Dr. Esther Choo, associate professor at Oregon Health and Science University. For the second Christmas in a row, hospital workers will face the trauma of Covid-19 patient deathsFlying has an increased risk due to a lack of vaccine requirement and an inconsistent adherence by some to fully keeping on their masks, such that "this could be a much more safer activity than it currently is," Choo told CNN's Laura Coates on Thursday. "Speak up when you see those around you not wearing masks. This is not a time to be polite and let people do what they feel like doing. It's...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A masking controversy is bubbling up at an elementary school in Wicker Park – with regard to whether kids need to be masked during outdoor recess as a mitigation against COVID-19. As CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported Friday, it turns out the decision on that issue is up to the individual school. READ MORE: Obamas Make Surprise Visit To Comer Children's Hospital For Holiday CelebrationAccording to Chicago Public Schools students may remove their masks for recess BUT the school’s principal gets the final say… and at schools like this one, the masks are staying on. The kids at Jonathan Burr Elementary School, 1621 W. Wabansia Ave., get 20 minutes a day worth of fresh air at recess. For some, recess is their favorite subject. Parents received this letter from CPS in July saying “…face coverings may be removed for outdoor activities, such as recess.” So Burr did Charlie Costa said he was shocked when he drove by the playground one afternoon and saw his two kids masked up. “My kids were crushed that...
    Tuesday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) addressed National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s pushback of criticism by claiming he represented science. Paul argued that most of Fauci’s edicts amid the coronavirus pandemic have not been “based in science.” He said Fauci was “more about submission.” “It’s sort of a way of ending all debate because if you attack him or have any debate over any of his edicts or mandate, you’re attacking science. This is a very, very dangerous sort of idea, the idea that a government bureaucrat represents science and that he is now untouchable,” Fauci warned. “It is sort of like you are now contradicting the all high priest of science if you say anything. But there are the real questions, and there’s real areas of science that he’s never really debated because he deflects. One area is over 100 million Americans have had COVID. They have natural immunity. There’s a real question about whether they should be vaccinated once, twice or not at all.” “And the thing is there’s...
    Two Arizona mothers who were targeted in a secret dossier on parents who opposed school district policies have spoken out, demanding the immediate resignation of the school board president who had access to the documents.  Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg's access to the Google Drive folder was revealed after he accidentally displayed the link in a screenshot he sent to parents in a heated email chain.  One of the parents on the email, Amy Carney, appeared in an interview with Fox News on Friday alongside fellow mom Michelle Dillard to voice outrage over the dossier, which included Social Security numbers, financial information, and divorce records of parents who voiced disagreement with the district. 'This latest scandal in Scottsdale just shows -- is proof -- who the label domestic terrorist really belongs to. It's not the parents,' said Carney, who is running for a position on the school board next year. 'This is like an authoritarian regime,' agreed host Laura Ingraham. 'This is like something out of Kafka going on in Scottsdale, Arizona.' Scottsdale moms Amy Carney (left) and...
    Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin compared parents shouting profanities and ripping off masks to Capitol Hill rioters during a Wednesday hearing. Durbin opened the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland by doubling down on language that even the National School Boards Association had walked back and suggesting that concerned parents were committing acts of domestic terror. (RELATED: ‘It’s A Challenge’: Dick Durbin Says Filibuster Flip-Flop Is Necessary To ‘Produce Something’) WATCH: “I invite the members of this committee, if you don’t believe me, type school board violence into your computer and take a look at what is happening,” Durbin began, reading off several examples of parents who had engaged in disruptive and in some cases violent behavior. Durbin’s examples included parents who had shouted profanities at school board members, a parent who ripped the face mask off a Texas teacher and a few instances where parents had physically struck school board members or made additional threats. “These are not routine people incensed or angry, these are people who are acting out their feelings in a...
    On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher reacted to pictures of the Met Gala showing servers at the event wearing masks but not the attendees by saying that doing so is “not liberal” and wondered, “do the germs know who the good people are?” Maher said, “I was looking at the pictures from the Met Gala…I noticed something that I’ve seen, having been out at a few parties since the pandemic began, and that is, the people going to the party don’t wear masks. But the servers wear masks. … I mean, that just — there’s something about this that’s not liberal to me. I mean, these are the liberal swells of the world, and — but if we’re all vaccinated and — do the germs know who the good people are? It just seems a little wrong.” He added, “Let’s just make the help wear the masks, that’s the liberal approach?” Maher further stated that if you want people to wear masks, “don’t lie and do stupid stuff with them.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    How can you tell the elite from the peasants? The peasants have to wear masks. https://t.co/ocHOqjaehN — Megan Basham (@Megan Basham)1631585003.0 The outlet reported that celebrities were required to wear masks indoors, but not on the outdoor red carpet. The Met Gala's policy also reportedly stated that all attendees be fully vaccinated and provide proof of a negative PCR test the day before the event. Attendees were also reportedly required to wear masks while indoors except when eating or drinking. New York City itself also requires proof of vaccination to access all public indoor spaces, including museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art — home of the Met Gala. What else is being said about this?In a lengthy essay for the Spectator, journalist Karol Markowicz wrote, "COVID rules are for serfs, not celebrities." She began, "Amid the ridiculous outfits at the Met Gala last night, between the faux-socialist in her absurd 'Tax the Rich' dress and whatever that was that Kim Kardashian was attempting, stood a row of servants, masked. The celebrities, of course, were...
    As celebrities and politicians walked the red carpet at the annual Met Gala on Monday, social media brewed with distain as the elites had hit the red carpet without wearing masks.   A-listers joined the likes of U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the bash - which was cancelled last year due to the Covid pandemic. But while the Met had insisted that attendees were all vaccinated, many on Twitter were quick to slam the hypocrisy of Cortez for not keeping her mask on at the crowded event while continuing to push for mask mandates. Conservative podcaster and writer Bethany Mandel tweeted, 'In the back you see all the "help" in masks while they strut around smiling with this on their butts,' referencing Crotez's 'Tax the Rich' dress.  'Kids in nyc should show up to school without a mask today and say “Oh I’m sorry I thought this was the Met Gala.'"  Celebs had to wear masks indoors - but the red carpet for the event was outside.  Twitter was in an uproar following photos from the Met...
    Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Make one. Buy one. Wear it outdoors. Wear it indoors. Confused? You’re not alone. So what’s the deal with the CDC’s new guidance? In an effort to help combat the highly contagious delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that people in areas with “substantial” or “high” rates of COVID-19 should go back to wearing masks in public indoor spaces. “The delta variant is showing us every day its willingness to outsmart us,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, told reporters. “The delta variant behaves uniquely, different from past strains of the virus that cause COVID-19.” In an interview scheduled to air Wednesday afternoon, Walensky told SiriusXM’s “Doctor Radio Reports” show that vaccinated people who are “breakthroughs” and have become infected by the virus have the same amount of virus as the unvaccinated people. “That is very much leading us to believe that it is probably the case that those vaccinated breakthrough infections, rare as they might be, have the potential to infect others,”...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESA Leon County circuit judge began hearing arguments Monday in a high-profile lawsuit about whether Florida school districts should be able to set student mask requirements as COVID-19 continues to surge across the state.. Attorneys for a group of parents began calling witnesses whose arguments were geared primarily toward proving the delta variant of the coronavirus is a more potent enemy than previous variants. The parents are challenging a July 30 executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis that seeks to block county school boards from requiring students to wear masks. The lawsuit, in part, alleges that the executive order violates a section of the state Constitution that requires providing a “uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system” of public schools. “Because of the delta variant, our public schools are not safe and secure at this time unless everyone wears a mask,” Charles Dodson, a former judge who is representing the parents, said during an opening statement. DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education and the State Board of Education are named as defendants...
    Most blue surgical face masks used by many during the pandemic are not enough to avoid people from being infected with COVID-19, an alarming new study has found.  The study from the University of Waterloo in Canada showed N95 or KN95 masks did the best job in containing aerosol droplets from the wearer's mouth. The blue, cloth surgical masks that have become popular during the pandemic were found be only 10 percent effective as it doe not cover the face properly.  'There is no question it is beneficial to wear any face covering, both for protection in close proximity and at a distance in a room,' study leader Serhiy Yarusevych, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, said in a statement.  'However, there is a very serious difference in the effectiveness of different masks when it comes to controlling aerosols.' The study from the University of Waterloo revealed that N95 masks did the best job in containing aerosol droplets, making them the go-to mask for indoor events  The guidelines revolving around mask have continuously changed over the...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decried mask mandates as politicians “cover(ing) their own asses,” and told a crowd that masks aren’t proven to be effective — a dangerous falsehood. DeSantis spoke Wednesday at the 2021 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) Marketing Operations Summit and devoted a good portion of his speech to trashing public health measures like mask mandates. And in one moment that has gone viral, he told the crowd that “Politicians want to force you to cover your face as a way for them to cover their own asses. That’s just the truth.” “They want to be able to say they are taking this on and they’re doing this even though it’s not proven to be effective they want to continue to do it,” DeSantis said, despite a large body of scientific evidence showing that masks are effective at preventing the transmission of viruses that dates back over a century. He went on to brag about his own anti-mask order, telling the crowd “We’re helping parents be able to send their kids to school in person with or...
    The release from the city department of health explains:Being vaccinated against COVID-19 results in an eight-fold reduction of risk if you're fully vaccinated compared to when you are not. If you're fully vaccinated, you have a 25-fold reduction of your risk of being hospitalized or dying from COVID. The COVID vaccines protect people very well and are the best way to avoid a severe enough infection that could end up in hospitalization.Simply put: the COVID vaccines work extremely well and are saving lives every day. The City has a vested interest in ensuring that all staff are protected as thoroughly as possible from severe COVID infection and death. As the Associated Press noted, employer-instituted vaccine mandates. "Private companies and government agencies can require their employees to get vaccinated as a condition of working there," the AP explained. The one possible exception for such mandates are disability and religious accommodations. "Those who have a disability or a sincerely held religious belief may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under civil rights laws, so long as providing that accommodation does not constitute...
    CNN medical contributor Dr. Leana Wen said Tuesday on “The Situation Room” that when children return to school, they should wear N95 or at least a three-ply surgical masks and be tested weekly for coronavirus. Anchor Wolf Blitzer said, “Dr. Wen nearly 94,000 cases of coronavirus in children were reported in the past week alone here in the United States. What is it going to take to get kids back to school safely?” Wen said, “Wolf, this is now one of the most dangerous times in the pandemic when it comes to children because we have the more contagious Delta variant, we have surges, and we have so adults many letting down their guard, not wearing masks, not getting vaccinated. That’s contributing to this really dangerous environment for children.” She continued, “That said, we do know what it takes to get our children back in school safely. We also know that it requires layers. So when we remove a layer, for example, we remove the layer of distancing because we can’t get kids back in school in-person full time if...
                       
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday downplayed a spike in COVID-19 cases that's shattered state hospitalization records and strongly reiterated his vow not to impose a mask mandate or any business restrictions. With the much more contagious Delta variant now spreading exponentially, Florida hit 11,515 hospitalized patients on Tuesday, breaking last year's record for the third straight day and up from just 1,000 in mid-June. DeSantis, a Republican, said he expects hospitalizations to drop in the next couple weeks, asserting that the spike is seasonal as Floridians spend more time together indoors to escape the summer heat and humidity. 'We are not shutting down,' DeSantis said Tuesday during a wide-ranging press conference.  'We are going to have schools open. We are protecting every Floridian's job in this state. We are protecting people's small businesses. These interventions have failed time and time again throughout this pandemic, not just in the United States.'  DeSantis says COVID cases will decrease in the coming weeks amid spike in Delta cases and says 'interventions' have not stopped the spread DeSantis credited his response to...
    Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist who is a member of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board, said on CNN Monday that many face masks are ineffective at preventing the spread of the virus. CNN host John King asked Osterholm to address some of the confusion surrounding mask mandates. Some cities have brought back mask mandates for people regardless of vaccination status, while some Republican governors have banned the mandates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that they were recommending masks for many indoor settings, including for people who have been vaccinated. Osterholm said that the country is in an “unfortunate situation” and that the most important thing to focus on is vaccinating as many people as possible. He said that he wants to “get rid of the term masking” because it “implies anything you put in front of your face works.” (RELATED: Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Two Masks Are Better Than One) “And if I could just add a nuance to that, which hopefully doesn’t add more confusion, we know today that many of the...
    Jordan Chiles and Simone Biles sported Team USA masks at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images Team USA is sporting some futuristic-looking face coverings for the Tokyo Games. The masks have been compared to characters from Batman, Star Wars, and The Silence of the Lambs. Nike emphasizes that they are not medical-grade masks. Experts say N95 respirators provide the best protection. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The US Olympic team arrived at the Tokyo Games in blinding white tracksuits, but it was their matching face masks that drew attention. The masks stand out at least an inch from the athletes' faces, with distinctive ridges reminiscent of origami folds. People on social media have compared Team USA's face coverings to masks worn by Batman villain Bane and fictional cannibal Hannibal Lecter. —jack teja (@jackteja) July 27, 2021 —Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) July 29, 2021 —Billy Jack (@BillyJa82485665) July 26, 2021  While the masks have a specialized look, they do not provide added protection.  A mesh mask advertised as breathable, comfortable, and washable is not going to block coronavirus...
    Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has come under fire after she was pictured partying without a mask just hours before her mandatory face covering order came back into effect.  As of 5AM Saturday, all residents and visitors in the nation's capitol are required to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status, due to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.  The Mayor has also urged people to don masks in 'large outdoor settings.' But it seems she wasn't taking her own advice on Friday night, as she went maskless at a large gathering with celebrity comedian Dave Chappelle.  Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has come under fire after she was pictured partying without a mask just hours before her mandatory face covering order came back into effect. She is pictured second from right alongside Dave Chappelle (center) A second photo showed her surrounded by other guests at the event, which took place two days before her 49th birthday Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser implement an indoor mask mandate that will go into effect on July...
    Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie blasted the U.S. Capitol Police chief’s announcement that anyone refusing to comply with the House’s mask mandate is subject to arrest while taking a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced in a Thursday bulletin that Capitol Police, in compliance with Speaker Pelosi’s renewed mask mandate, are directed to arrest any staff member or visitor of the building who refuses an officer’s request to wear a mask inside the building. Massie called the rule “INSANE” and refused to follow the mask mandate in a Thursday tweet. “This is INSANE. Might as well come into my office and arrest my entire staff,” Massie tweeted. “We are not wearing masks. I support the Capitol Hill Police, but the Chief of Police made a mistake here. The physician and the chief of police don’t have this authority.” This is INSANE. Might as well come into my office and arrest my entire staff. We are not wearing masks. I support the Capitol Hill Police, but the Chief of Police made a mistake here....
    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) on Thursday condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) new rule that House office staffers and members must wear masks at all times at work under pain of imprisonment. “This is INSANE. Might as well come into my office and arrest my entire staff. We are not wearing masks. I support the Capitol Hill Police, but the Chief of Police made a mistake here. The physician and the chief of police don’t have this authority,” Massie tweeted Thursday: This is INSANE. Might as well come into my office and arrest my entire staff. We are not wearing masks. I support the Capitol Hill Police, but the Chief of Police made a mistake here. The physician and the chief of police don’t have this authority. https://t.co/CgiSuNvE8c — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 29, 2021 Pelosi’s memo states the new rules result from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended guidance on Tuesday. “All USCP personnel must wear a mask at all times when in interior spaces throughout the Capitol grounds,” the memo reads. The memo goes on to...
    In spite of "freedom day," many in London are still wearing masks One week ago, England celebrated “freedom day,” the day on which most restrictions around COVID-19 were allowed to lapse. The government went ahead with this long-planned action even though the U.K. was in the midst of an awful surge in COVID-19 cases, one that was once again filling hospitals and putting thousands at risks—though the rate of deaths was only a fraction of what was seen during previous waves. Even though cases had begun to fall when the day rolled around, many thought the government’s action was ridiculous and predicted that the case counts would soon surge again. Instead, cases in the U.K. have continued to plummet. So … what’s going on? It appears to be a mix of three things. First, it’s worth pointing out that, in spite of the decline, the rate of new cases in the U.K. is still very, very high—over twice as high as the United States on a per capita basis. So cases are plummeting, but are still at a level that exceeds most...
    Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Make one. Buy one. Wear it outdoors. Wear it indoors. Confused? You’re not alone. So what’s the deal with the CDC’s new guidance? In an effort to help combat the highly contagious delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that people should return to wearing masks in regions where coronavirus cases are surging. “The delta variant is showing us every day its willingness to outsmart us,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, told the press conference. “The delta variant behaves in uniquely, different from past strains of the virus that cause COVID-19.” The advice is not definitive, but the delta variant is not exclusive to some states. It has spread all over the U.S. Some people, who remain skittish about the possibility of the virus spreading even in regions with high vaccination rates, may use these latest guidelines to mask up again. This is one of many U-turns by the CDC. Walensky previously said people who are vaccinated could ditch the masks outdoors and...
    CNN medical contributor Dr. Leana Wen on Friday’s “Cuomo Prime Time” said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “really made a big mistake” by saying that fully vaccinated people can take off their masks but trusting the honor system because “people are not behaving honorably.” Cuomo said, “Once you get rid of the restrictions, and the masks come off, we see how many people get science infections and good old stomach viruses again, right? We haven’t seen those for a year or so. We expected that. The hedge was the vaccine would take up the slack and help people not get sick. It’s not happening. Now you’re seeing the cases come up, which is the concern for fall.” Wen, the former Planned Parenthood president, said, “Well, I was hoping we could get through the summer. My prediction is that we would have a good summer and we’d see cases potentially surge again in the fall. It’s already gotten bad, and we’re only in the middle of July. I have to go back to what you and I talked...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Journal of the American Medical Association published a research letter suggesting high levels of carbon dioxide detected in children wearing masks."There may be some increase in CO2, but that increase is not physiological significant," said Dr. David Cornfield, Chief of Pulmonary, Asthma, and Sleep Medicine and medical director of respiratory therapy at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.RELATED: As Delta variant turns into dominant strain in California, scientists detect 'Delta plus'According to the randomized clinical trial out of Germany after three minutes of mask wearing, younger children reported high levels of carbon dioxide.Dr. Cornfield says this could be attributed to multiple factors."It's important to recognize that it takes some time, a period of time to accommodate to the mask and maybe that's the case when kids were breathing more robustly when they first had the mask on," said Dr. Cornfield.After seeing this data Dr. Cornfield says the CO2 levels reported are not dangerous."The physiological implications of that very subtle rise in carbon dioxide is not in my mind sufficient to be more important than the amount...
    FULL vaccination is more effective than wearing a mask to combat the highly contagious Delta Covid, Dr Anthony Fauci warned on Thursday, as the US prepares for further outbreaks. Fauci and Centers for Disease Control Dr. Rochelle Walensky issued the warning after a 10 percent spike of positive cases hit the nation. 4Fauci has said the vaccine protects againt the Delta variantCredit: Getty 4He claimed that vaccined Americans do not need to follow th WHO guidelinesCredit: AFP Amid the spike, the two health experts spoke at a White House press briefing on Thursday and explained that the World Health Organization (WHO’s) new recommendations. WHO had announced that vaccinated people should start wearing masks earlier this week as a result of the high spread of the Delta variant. Fauci said that these guidelines are meant for areas with low vaccination rates, however, and that vaccinated residents are protected from the variant. Dr. Fauci said: “You have a broad recommendation for the country as a whole that, if you are vaccinated, you have a high degree of protection, so you...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky have said that getting vaccinated is more important than wearing a mask to combat the Indian Delta variant of COVID-19. The two health experts spoke at a White House press briefing Thursday, amid a 10 percent spike in COVID cases nationwide and said that vaccinated residents are, in fact, protected from the variant and the WHO’s recommendations are meant for communities with low vaccination rates. White House COVID tsar Fauci said, ‘You have a broad recommendation for the country as a whole that, if you are vaccinated, you have a high degree of protection so you need not wear a mask indoor or outdoor.  'But also as it’s been said and as the CDC has recommended, there’s a degree of flexibility. People at the local level, depending on the on-ground situation, will make recommendations or not according to the local situation.’  Furthermore, they said that it is more important for unvaccinated residents to get their shots to protect against the Delta variant as opposed to wearing face masks.  Receiving one dose...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly described mask wearing as “not really effective” in a February 5, 2020, email to Sylvia Burwell, President of American University and former U.S. Health and Human Services secretary. “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material,” he wrote: Fauci says in released emails to a professor of medicine, masks “are not really effective.” pic.twitter.com/v4OnP6HC7f — Wendell Husebø (@WendellHusebo) June 2, 2021 Fauci replied in full to the email: Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infections. The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a vey [sic] low...
    Doctor Anthony Fauci has spoken about the confusion surrounding America's great unmasking but says he does not know why the federal government has so far shied away from introducing a nationwide vaccine passport scheme.  Appearing on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, the Biden administration's chief medical adviser was posed questions about the confusion surrounding the CDC lifting the federal mask mandate for vaccinated Americans. Some states have followed the guidelines, while other states and some businesses have kept mask mandates in place, even for those who are vaccinated. As confusion remains around how establishments can determine if someone is vaccinated or not, the suggestion of vaccination passports has been raised. Some countries - such as Israel and its 'Green Passes' - have introduced vaccine passports in the form of physical papers or phone apps, that allow vaccinated people to prove they are protected against the coronavirus. This gives vaccinated people entry to establishments such as bars and restaurants, and in some countries will likely open up international travel. In the EU, for example, vaccinated Americans will now be allowed to travel into...
    Some House Republicans flaunted the rule to wear face masks on the chamber floor and three of them racked up $500 fines in the process. 'Best $500 I ever spent,' Republican Rep. Brian Mast told NBC News. He refused to put his mask on even after a member of the House Sergeant at Arms' office approached him on the chamber floor Tuesday evening, in full view of C-SPAN's camera, and asked him to wear one.   Mast was one of several GOP lawmakers seen on the House floor without a face covering as part of the protest of the rule after the CDC issued its new mask guidelines. House rules require lawmakers to wear a face mask unless addressing the chamber.  Conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and three other Republican lawmakers took a selfie of themselves standing in the well of the House, bare faced, and tagging it with the hashtag #freeyourface 'Proud to join these Patriots for a peaceful protest on the House floor against mask mandates!,' Greene tweeted with the pic. 'Enough is enough! #FreeYourFace,' wrote Republican Rep. Mary...
     Americans are 'misinterpreting' the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest mask guidelines, Dr Anthony Fauci says.  'I think people are misinterpreting, thinking that this is a removal of a mask mandate for everyone. It's not,' Fauci told Axios ahead of a virtual event.  'It's an assurance to those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, be they outdoors or indoors.'  About 60 percent of U.S. adults have had at least a first dose of vaccine and more than 124 million people are fully vaccinated.   The U.S. is still reeling in the wake of the CDC's update to its mask guidelines, telling fully vaccinated people they can safely stop wearing masks in most places, indoors or outdoors, excepting crowded indoor spaces like planes.  Dozens of states have amended their own mask orders to comply with the new guidance, and businesses like Starbucks, Trader Joe's and Best Buy are dropping their mask requirements as Covid cases plummet in all 50 states.  But that poses a whole new set of problems. The guidelines are only intended to tell fully vaccinated...
    BOSTON (CBS) – So are we supposed to wear a mask, or not? Guidance from different sources has some people feeling conflicted. “I think it’s definitely time to take off the masks, but no I don’t feel comfortable taking off the mask, and I think it’s going to take a long time,” said Sarah Page from Winchester. READ MORE: Interest Has Quadrupled: Local Store Owner Says Pokémon, Sports Cards Sales Have Spiked During Pandemic At Wasik’s Cheese Shop in Wellesley, a sign asks visitors to wait at the door until the tiny store empties out. Owners go the extra mile to allow for social distancing, and customers don’t complain. Despite new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control that says masks can come off inside, there are no plans to take the “mask required” signs down at Wasik’s. “We have such a small space and some of the people who work here are compromised,” said co-owner Brad Wasik. “My mom is 72. She still works here, so we’ve always played it a little bit safer,” he said....
    Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Make one. Buy one. Wear it outdoors. Wear it indoors. Confused? You’re not alone. So what’s the deal with the CDC’s new guidance? “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Thursday. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.” Vaccines have helped to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and this appears to be a natural next step for Americans tired of masking up. “We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” Walensky said. We are still far, far away from normal. You can take off your mask “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” the CDC says. You still need a mask on buses and...
    (CNN)For Americans vaccinated against Covid-19, daily life may look increasingly different than for those who aren't inoculated yet following Thursday's mask guidance, experts said. "We are on the right path that people who are fully immunized," National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told CNN's Erin Burnett. "You can take your mask off indoors as well as outdoors." But he added: "We are not at the end of this story. There are still a lot of people who haven't gotten that shot."The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19, meaning those who have waited two weeks after their second dose, generally don't need to wear masks or practice social distancing inside or out. Long-awaited milestones could soon return as more young Americans get vaccinated, CDC director saysFor those who saw no immediate impact from receiving their vaccine, "now your life is going to change," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, adding that although some businesses like airlines may keep mask mandates in place, venues like grocery stores, restaurants, bars and bowling alleys may soon...
    As COVID-19 vaccinations increase and nationwide case rates continue to decline, the country’s top health experts are considering whether and when face mask guidelines can become more lenient. “We do need to start being more liberal as we get more people vaccinated,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” But Fauci also said the country was averaging about 43,000 coronavirus cases daily and noted that “we’ve got to get it much, much lower than that” to effectively reduce the risk from the virus. When the case count drops lower, he said, “the risk of any infection — indoor or outdoor — diminishes dramatically.” Fauci’s statements were, in part, a response to comments Sunday by Dr. Scott Gottlieb on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” The former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said the country was “at a point now where we could start lifting these ordinances and allowing people to resume normal activity.” Gottlieb said outdoor mask restrictions should be lifted and that indoor restrictions...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “politicized recommendations” regarding masks and distancing in relation to the coronavirus are “not keeping up with the reality on the ground,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow, author of Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption. Cotton noted that President Joe Biden’s ongoing public displays of mask-wearing — which are mirrored by his administration and the broader Democrat Party — signals the impression of permanent crisis despite growing knowledge of the coronavirus and the development of vaccines against the pathogen. “It’s a terrible, terrible communication strategy,” he said. “For any person who has any reason to be hesitant about getting the vaccine, it’s that kind of message of seeing Joe Biden wearing a mask, walking across the South Lawn, holding hands with his wife with no one else in even remote proximity to him —  that says, ‘Why do we go to all this trouble? Why did we spend those billions of dollars last year on Operation Warp Speed. Why do we...