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    (CNN) — Refusing to wear a face mask during the Covid-19 pandemic should be as socially unacceptable as drunk-driving, or driving without using a seat belt, the president of the UK’s Royal Society said Tuesday. Venki Ramakrishnan called for everyone to wear a face covering in public — particularly in enclosed public spaces — pointing to new evidence suggesting that coverings may protect both the wearer and those around them. Ramakrishnan said that people in the UK were “skeptical” about the benefits of using face coverings, and noted that the country was “way behind” other countries when it came to using face coverings, with inconsistent guidance and policies. “The public have taken to handwashing and distancing but remain skeptical about face coverings,” Ramakrishnan said in a statement. “You only need to go on public transport, where they are supposed to be mandatory, to see how many people are ignoring this...
    TOM Hanks has urged all Americans to wear masks and criticized U.S. officials for a lack of “informed guidance" following his coronavirus battle. "There’s really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands," Hanks said at a press conference last week promoting his forthcoming movie Greyhound, according to People. 2 American actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with Covid-19 in mid-MarchCredit: Refer to Caption The Oscar-winning actor spoke similarly in an interview with the Guardian published on Monday. “I have nothing but question marks about the official position as well as the individual choice. There’s really only three things everyone needs to do: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands,” Hanks said. “I know societally it’s been politicized, but I don’t get it, man. I don’t understand how anyone can put their...
    (CNN)Refusing to wear a face mask during the Covid-19 pandemic should be as socially unacceptable as drunk-driving, or driving without using a seat belt, the president of the UK's Royal Society said Tuesday. Venki Ramakrishnan called for everyone to wear a face covering in public -- particularly in enclosed public spaces -- pointing to new evidence suggesting that coverings may protect both the wearer and those around them. Ramakrishnan said that people in the UK were "skeptical" about the benefits of using face coverings, and noted that the country was "way behind" other countries when it came to using face coverings, with inconsistent guidance and policies. The mask decision that will haunt Trumps reelection bid"The public have taken to handwashing and distancing but remain skeptical about face coverings," Ramakrishnan said in a statement."You only need to go on public transport, where they are supposed to be mandatory, to see...
    A Massachusetts police detective who posted on social media a picture of her niece at a Black Lives Matter event holding a sign that suggested shooting police officers in the back has been fired. Rookie Springfield Detective Florissa Fuentes, 30, explained that the post was made on a personal account while she was off duty. She said she was showing pride in her niece's activism at a late May protest in Atlanta and does not advocate violence against police. One of the signs being held at the protest read, 'Who do we call when the murderer wear the badge?'  Florissa Fuentes, 30, a Massachusetts police detective has been fired after she shared an Instagram photo of her niece taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest 'After I posted it, I started getting calls and texts from coworkers,' Fuentes said to The Republican. 'I was initially confused, but then...
    U.S. officials said airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing, but they are not considering making the airlines do it. The officials also recommended — but did not move to require — that travelers wear face coverings in airports and on planes. All leading U.S. airlines now require passengers to wear masks, but regulators have refused a request by the airlines to make it a federal rule. The Transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services departments made those and other recommendations in a report containing guidelines for reducing the risk of spreading the new coronavirus by air travel. The agencies said airlines and airports should take steps to increase social distancing, clean surfaces touched by passengers, and ask passengers about their health to discourage people who may be ill from traveling. The issue of limiting capacity on planes gained new urgency this week when American...
    Now that President Donald Trump has finally said that he’s “all for masks” amid a massive surge in coronavirus cases, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy on Thursday wondered why wearing a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19 ever became politicized.  “For some reason, over the last couple of weeks, a month, masks have become political,” the Fox host remarked during an interview.  If he wants to identify that mysterious “some reason,” he needn’t look any further than his own colleagues. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. months ago, Fox News hosts and guests have repeatedly criticized face coverings—either by openly mocking them or by claiming mandated mask-wearing is an infringement on personal freedom, particularly by Democratic officials eager to control the population. During an April 24 broadcast of Hannity, for instance, guest host Mike Huckabee and Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy—both former Republican elected...
    If President Donald Trump would make a Fourth of July statement calling for everyone across the United States to wear a mask to help save lives, it could turn the corner of the rapidly spiraling coronavirus numbers, which reached 50,000 new cases early Thursday, according to Sen. Dick Durbin.  "Do you know what it would mean to America if the president of the United States today had a press conference and said, Im reading these numbers. America is under attack from this virus and then said Im putting this mask on for the Fourth of July and calling for everybody across America to take this seriously?" the Illinois senator said on CNNs "New Day." "That statement by the president would inspire people to put on masks and to protect others...he should step up at this point and say Im putting all of my statements of the past aside. We have a...
    VIDEO5:1205:12Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on PPP extensionSquawk Box Former White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told CNBC on Wednesday that President Donald Trump "probably should" urge American residents to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic.  "It would not hurt him ... politically and it certainly wouldn't hurt us economically and would probably help for him to go out and say, 'You know what, go back to work, just a wear a mask. It's the best thing you can possibly do,'" Mulvaney, now a special envoy to Northern Ireland, said on "Squawk Box." Trump has largely eschewed wearing a face covering in public during the Covid-19 crisis, and even suggested some people choose to wear them only to "signal disapproval of him."  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people wear a mask in public, especially in settings where social distancing is difficult to...
    On left: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., wears a mask on Thursday, May 7, 2020. On right: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wears a mask on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (WTOP composite via AP Images) Republican congressional leaders are becoming more vocal in the call to wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic, and a veteran GOP lawmaker is urging President Donald Trump to stop refusing to wear a mask in public. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, directly addressed the issue ahead of testimony from Dr. Anthony Fauci and other members of the White House coronavirus task force. “The president has plenty of admirers. They would follow his lead (and) it would help end this political debate,” Alexander said Tuesday, referring to the split over whether to wear a mask. “The stakes are too high for this political debate about...
    Most scientists and medical doctors have been stating that wearing face masks is our best protection against contracting the COVID-19 virus. It has also been shown statistically that a strong majority of Americans support this measure for protection. It then becomes quite puzzling to me why President Trump does not wear a face mask. Because of his example, many others also are not wearing masks.Related Articles Letter: Trump’s efforts to impose a racist regime will fail Letter: Coronavirus health risks are like drunk driving Letter: Removing presidents from bills is waste of time, effort Letter: Freedom versus liberty amounts to a false choice Letter: Citizens demand action now on illegal fireworks What possible motive can he have to do this when it seems very likely that those who follow his example are exposing themselves and others to a...
    Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier told "America's Newsroom" Tuesday that it would be a good idea for President Trump to don a mask and "lead by example" as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Dr. Saphier told host Sandra Smith that while the discourse surrounding precautionary and protective measures like mask-wearing has become politicized, it is a known fact that "wearing a mask will decrease the transition of this virus." MCCONNELL MAKES APPEAL FOR WEARING MASKS: 'IT IS ABOUT PROTECTING EVERYONE WE ENCOUNTER' "Should everybody be wearing a mask? I mean, my recommendation is if you cannot maintain social distancing right now, it would be a good idea to have some sort of mask," she stated. "Should the president be wearing a mask?" asked Saphier. "Well, I’m not going to tell him he needs to but, yes, we do like to lead by example." Trump has expressed vehement opposition to wearing masks -- especially during public appearances. In a recent interview with The Wall...
    Steve Doocy, one of the hosts of television’s “Fox & Friends,” is urging President Donald Trump to wear a mask in public during the pandemic. His comments came Tuesday during an interview with Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Convention. “I think that if the president wore one, it would just set a good example,” he said. “He’d be a good role model, I don’t see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public.” Doocy even suggested an updated play on Trump’s campaign slogan. “MAGA should now stand for Masks Are Great Again,” he said. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants Trump to issue an executive order mandating "everyone to wear a mask" in public. Cuomo called on Trump to "lead by example" and wear a mask himself. Related Stories: Lamar Alexander: Trump Should Wear a Mask Biden Says Hed Enact Executive Order Requiring...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Coronavirus cases are soaring in parts of the South and West. Meanwhile, in much of the Northeast where COVID-19 cases first skyrocketed, the curve has flattened to early pandemic numbers. Public health experts say the evidence is clear, the difference is primarily social distancing and wearing masks in public. Yet there are people who still refuse to wear masks, claiming a medical exemption. You’ve probably seen the videos of people who will not wear a mask, supposedly for medical reasons. They are putting everyone around them at risk of contracting COVID-19. For his latest Max Minute report, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez spoke with two expert pulmonologists about whether or not people should be medically exempt from wearing masks. MORE: Max Minute: Researchers Find Evidence Coronavirus Was Present In China Earlier Than Previously Thought The two expert pulmonologists at NYU and Mount Sinai Hospital told Dr. Gomez on...
    Bradley Cortright June 29, 2020 0 Comments As the country sees an increase in new coronavirus cases, some are suggesting there should be a mandate to wear face masks to help stop the spread of the virus.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) says President Donald Trump should set an example for Americans and wear a face mask in public.  “Let the President lead by example and let the President put a mask on it because we know it works,” Cuomo said during his press conference on Monday. Along with wearing a mask, Cuomo said Trump should sign an executive order to require Americans to wear masks, “Sign an executive order directing everyone to wear a mask. How we’re at this point as a nation, and we still haven’t done the simple, easy, minimal step of saying you must wear a mask when you’re in public?” “The President doesn’t have to pass a...
    Bradley Cortright June 29, 2020 0 Comments As almost every state in the country is reporting an increase in coronavirus cases, some are suggesting there should be a mandate to wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  In an interview on Fox News on Monday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) explained why he does not believe Americans should be required to wear masks.  Biggs insisted that health officials can “identify the people who are most vulnerable” and “take care of those folks” without implementing a mask-wearing mandate.  Instead, he said private businesses should be able to require mask-wearing, and then people can decide whether or not to patronize those businesses based on their mask-wearing policies. “What would happen is, in a retail store, I would be able to go in. If they require a mask, I might say, ‘That’s the store I want to shop at cause...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellProgressives zero in on another House chairman in primary GOP committee chair: 'It would help' if Trump would wear a mask occasionally Pelosi: Nationwide mask mandate 'definitely long overdue' MORE (R-Ky.) said on Monday that wearing a mask cannot be stigmatized, calling wearing one in public part of the country's new routines amid the coronavirus pandemic. McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, said until there was a vaccine Americans needed to find a "middle ground" between widespread lockdowns and life pre-coronavirus. "We need new routines, new rhythms and new strategies for this new middle ground in between. It's the task of each family, each small business, each employer and all levels of government to apply common sense and make this happen. To name just on example, we must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks when we leave our homes...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on President Donald Trump to sign an executive order requiring people to wear a mask in public and to “lead by example” by wearing one himself. “We did it two months ago in this state,” said Cuomo, a Democrat, adding that other states that initially resisted mask mandates are now requiring them. “Let the president have the same sense to do that as an executive order and then let the president lead by example and let the president put a mask on it, because we know it works.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult. Trump has said mask-wearing was fine, but not for him. At the governor’s Monday briefing, Cuomo also said officials are reconsidering a plan to allow indoor dining at...
    Jon Stewart went in on mask truthers during his interview with The View on Monday and wondered if they had ever been inside an operating room, suggesting they ask doctors not to wear masks and cough into their wounds the next time they undergo surgery. Host Whoopi Goldberg commented on the spikes in coronavirus cases throughout the United States, noting that despite the rises, some people, including politicians still refuse to wear masks. She added that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) refused to require masks in his state while an unmasked choir in Texas sang in front of a masked Vice President Mike Pence this weekend. “There has been an increased campaign to discredit expertise or to tribalize or to politicize expertise. There’s a whole undercurrent that this pandemic is a hoax or a power grab,” Stewart added. “Living in the Northeast, we don’t realize, like, this is real, and it’s brutal. Stewart questioned how anyone...
    Getty People wearing face masks visit Santa Monica Pier which re-opened on June 25 after closure for over three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, on June 26, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. As cases of coronavirus continue to surge in parts of the U.S. the Center for Disease Control issued new guidance Sunday of who should and who should not wear face masks as a measure to prevent spreading the virus. According to the CDC, all people should wear cloth face coverings when they’re out in public and around people who don’t live with them, especially when social distancing isn’t feasible. “This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows cloth face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the...
    During an appearance on CNN’s Inside Politics on Sunday, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander pressed Donald Trump to wear a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, Breitbart reported. Alexander’s comment came after guest host Manu Raju noted studies that support the preventative effect masks have on the spread of COVID-19 and asked the lawmaker whether the president should invest more time in promoting masks. “I wish the president would wear a mask when it’s appropriate because millions of Americans admire him,” Alexander said. “And they would follow his lead. And his experts have told all of us that social distance and washing your hands is the way we can contain the disease, to go back to school and back to work.” Alexander also suggested that if Trump decided to wear a mask in the appropriate situations, it would help depoliticize mask-wearing amid the pandemic. Although Alexander acknowledged that Trump is often with...
    A well-known Republican lawmaker urged President Donald Trump to wear a mask to de-politicize the issue. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and told CNN on Sunday that Trump could set a better example for Americans and he could help end the political debate on wearing masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. "If wearing masks is important and all the health experts tell us that it is in containing the disease in 2020, it would help if from time to time the president would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if youre for Trump, you dont wear a mask, if youre against Trump, you do," said Alexander, who is retiring at the end of this year. "My suggestion to the president all along and for the other political leaders is let the experts do the...
    Sunday on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R- TN) called on President Donald Trump to wear a mask. According to the Tennessee lawmaker, it would be an example to the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. Guest host Manu Raju said, “Studies also show that wearing masks has a significant impact on preventing the spread of the disease. You, I see you wearing your red and black plaid mask throughout the Capital, your staff does as well. The president, however, he refuses to wear one. The vice president continues to say this is an issue states should decide. Should the White House do more and the president do more to urge Americans to wear masks?” Alexander said, “I wish the president would wear a mask when it’s appropriate because millions of Americans admire him. And they would follow his lead. And his experts have told all of us that social...
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R- TN) said Sunday that President Donald Trump should be wearing a mask to send a signal to the country about the importance o doing so. The president has been criticized for not wearing a mask and not doing more to encourage nationwide mask-wearing amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CNN’s Manu Raju spoke with Alexander on Inside Politics and first asked about covid spikes in states like Tennessee. At one point Raju brought up the need for people to wear masks and how Alexander himself has worn one, before asking, “The president, however, he refuses to wear one. The vice president continues to say this is an issue states should decide. Should the Whit House do more and the president do more to urge Americans to wear masks?” “I wish the president would wear a mask when it’s appropriate,” Alexander said. “Because millions of Americans admire...
    Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - NYC marathon canceled GOP warns against ramping down coronavirus testing Trump, GOP clash over new round of checks MORE (R-Tenn.) said Sunday that “it would help” if President TrumpDonald John TrumpFour men charged for trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in DC Video shows workers removed social distancing signs before Trump Tulsa rally: WaPo Biden slams Trump for not sanctioning Russia over Afghan militant 'bounties' intelligence MORE would wear a mask occasionally during the coronavirus pandemic. "If wearing masks is important and all the health experts tell us that it is in containing the disease in 2020, it would help if from time to time the president would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask, if you're against Trump, you...
    Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marty Makary argued Saturday that "universal masking" helped quell the spread of COVID-19 and that politicians should encourage the practice by wearing masks themselves. Makary was speaking with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, who asked about the impact of President Trump not wearing a mask. "The president is famous for not wearing a mask, and some key people around him don't wear it either. People watching that might say, 'Well, if he isn't, why should I?' What do you think of that?" Cavuto asked. "Well, look, we're on track to have a quarter-million Americans die from this virus," said Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. "This virus wants to infect and penetrate about 60 percent of every locale in the world. It doesn't care about borders. Masking is one of the few tools we have. It's not a perfect tool, and we can have those debates, but we have a country of opinions, and I think we...
    More than 70 percent of Americans believe that people should wear a mask “most of the time or always” when they are in public places near others during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a national Pew Research survey released on Thursday. Another 17 percent of those surveyed said masks should be worn “some of the time,” leaving just 12 percent who said masks should “rarely or never be worn.” The Pew Research survey, conducted June 16-22 with a margin of error of +/- 1.8 percentage points, also found that “Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are about twice as likely as Republicans and Republican leaners to say that masks should be worn always (63% vs. 29%).” It also found that “Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to say that masks should rarely or never be worn (23% vs. 4%)” while also being “less likely than Democrats to say they have worn...
    Vice President Mike Pence is coming under fire for not saying the word “mask” at a coronavirus press conference, with critics saying he is afraid of angering Donald Trump, who is vocally against the idea of wearing a mask despite recommendations from his own administration that all Americans should do so. Pence spoke on Friday at a press conference, making a controversial and contested claim that the United States has turned the curve against the virus. Pence did not wear a mask at the conference, though fellow White House coronavirus task force members Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx did. When asked if Americans should wear a mask, Pence said that people should wear facial coverings to adhere with local guidelines — a distinction that many critics seized upon. As NBC News reporter Katy Tur noted on Twitter, Pence both refused to say the word mask and did not...
    Vice President Mike Pence is coming under fire for refusing to say the word “mask” at a coronavirus press conference, with critics saying he is afraid of angering Donald Trump, who is vocally against the idea of wearing a mask despite recommendations from his own administration that all Americans should do so. Pence spoke on Friday at a press conference, making a controversial and contested claim that the United States has turned the curve against the virus. Pence did not wear a mask at the conference, though fellow White House coronavirus task force members Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx did. When asked if Americans should wear a mask, Pence said that people should wear facial coverings to adhere with local guidelines — a distinction that many critics seized upon. As NBC News reporter Katy Tur noted on Twitter, Pence both refused to say the word mask and did...
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Wednesday asserted that “everyone” should wear a mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as his state is among a number of states which have seen a spike in new cases. Rubio said the main focus should be on mitigating outbreaks in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and congregate-living facilities. “Those are the places where you're really going to cut down the death rate if you can prevent outbreaks,” Rubio told reporters after a GOP lunch with Vice President Pence. “And then everyone should just wear a d--- mask, like you guys are, like I am right now,” the Florida Republican continued. "I would just encourage everyone, that's what I said in there, to sort of become informed of the nuances of how your state is reporting. In Florida, the state tells us 20 percent of the COVID cases that register as hospitalizations are people that...
    Sen. Marco Rubio has a message for people: “Just wear a damn mask.” The Florida Republican told reporters after a Republican luncheon on Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence that “everyone” needs to be wearing face coverings as COVID-19 cases spike in places across the country even as many states are beginning to reopen. “The area where I think we have to definitely really surge on is nursing homes, ALFs [assisted living facilities], congregate-living facilities that have a high number of people or obviously populations of people that are high-risk, those are the places where you're really going to cut down the death rate if you can prevent outbreaks ... and that's where I hope we focus both our testing and our prevention effort,” Rubio said, according to the Hill. “And then, everyone should just wear a damn mask, like you guys are, like I am right...
    With concerns about coronavirus hotspots across the U.S., officials are once again emphasizing the importance of people wearing masks. Notably, that included two senators today who said people should really be wearing masks, given how the pandemic is far from over. Senator Marco Rubio, after a GOP lunch, told reporters, “Everyone should just wear a damn mask, like you guys are, like I am right now.” Rubio today: "everyone should just wear a damn mask, like you guys are, like I am right now,” he says leaving a GOP lunch where Vice President Mike Pence provided a coronavirus update. — Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) June 24, 2020 Sen. Rubio: "Everyone should just wear a damn mask." — Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) June 24, 2020 Per CNN, Rubio added, “I just hope everybody does the best they can to protect themselves… We’ve been told repeatedly how to do...
    A Texas high school athlete has penned a powerful letter urging her school, named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee, to change its title. Gertrude 'Trude' Lamb is a star cross country athlete for Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler but says with each victory and medal she wins, her jersey emblazoned with Lee's wears her down.  Lamb, who moved to the US from Ghana, Africa in 2014, shared her poignant message to school district leaders who met on Monday, urging for officials to end the glorification of the controversial figure who owned slaves. 'I love and enjoy the sports I play at REL. I can't be playing sports, supporting, and going to a school that was named after a person who was against my people right here in the United States,' the rising sophomore wrote as per CNN. Rising sophomore and cross-country athlete Gertrude 'Trude' Lamb has...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory on Saturday in response to increased COVID-19 cases in the state. The advisory provides the following recommendations: 1. All individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless any of the following apply: A child is under two years of age An individual has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering. An individual is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face-covering is necessary to perform the service. Download The New CBS4 News App Here An individual works in a profession where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession; or an individual is engaged in outdoor work or recreation with appropriate social distancing in place. 2....
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — While calls to require residents to wear face masks grow louder amid rising COVID-19 cases, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to maintain his position that mask-wearing should be voluntary. At a news conference in Miami Friday, DeSantis said people need to abide by local mask-wearing requirements. But that’s as far as the governor was willing to go, as he reiterated a position about personal freedoms. “This has to be voluntarily because the Constitution is not suspended just because there is a virus,” DeSantis said. “You do have a right to protest, you have a right to go to religious service, all these other things.” The numbers of new COVID-19 cases reported daily by the state have been increasing by record amounts. The state Friday announced 3,822 new cases, making Florida a new national hotspot for the spread of the virus. The data released by...
    After a heated debate about masks erupted in Arizona, where the number of coronavirus cases have been growing daily, Gov. Doug Ducey is requiring his citizens to cover their faces in public. “Every Arizonan should wear a face mask,” he said at a Wednesday press conference. “This is an issue of personal responsibility, and we're asking Arizonans to make responsible decisions to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.” He said local governments would determine policies, implementation and enforcement. The Republican governor had faced much resistance for not mandating masks to slow the spread of the virus. The state’s biggest newspaper, The Arizona Republic, has been sounding alarms and calling for action. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE Hundreds of medical professionals signed a letter this week urging Ducey to require masks. More than 900 people in the medical field wrote the letter to the governor of the state quickly becoming a national...
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    WASHINGTON - The thousands of people expected to attend next Saturday’s political rally for President Donald Trump in Oklahoma “probably” ought to wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday.  The Trump campaign, however, has not said whether it plans to enforce guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control calling for face coverings at large gatherings such as the Trump rally in in Tulsa. As many as 19,000 people could crowd into the city’s BOK Center to take part in the president’s first large-scale rally in three months.  Kudlow told CNN that as U.S. workers return to their jobs after being laid off because of the spread of the coronavirus, they should continue to observe social distancing guidelines calling for people to stay two meters away from others and to wear face masks.  Asked whether his suggestion for...
    Washington (CNN)A top Trump administration official said Sunday that people attending President Donald Trump's upcoming campaign rally should "probably" wear face masks to help curb the spread of coronavirus. "People must observe the safety guidelines. OK -- must. The social distancing must be observed. Face coverings in key places must be observed," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." Asked by Tapper if Kudlow's guidance also applied to people attending Trump's rally on Saturday, Kudlow replied: "Well, OK. Probably so." CNN reported on Saturday that people attending the indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have to agree not to sue Trump's reelection campaign if they contract coronavirus. By registering for the event, rallygoers must agree to a disclaimer that states they acknowledge the "inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.""By attending the Rally, you and...
    Washington (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned states on Friday to rethink their reopening strategies if they see increases in the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19, adding that although he hasn't spoken to President Donald Trump about next week's campaign rally in Oklahoma, he is urging everyone who attends to wear a mask."When you start seeing more hospitalizations, that's a surefire sign that you're in a situation where you're going in the wrong direction," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on Friday.Many states have loosened restrictions that began in March to stop the spread of the virus. But the lack of a vaccine, as well as more people congregating in public places and recent protests for racial justice in major cities, has troubled experts. Since Memorial Day, the number of coronavirus hospitalizations has gone up in at...
    No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service? Governor Jared Polis has long endorsed face coverings for Coloradans headed out of the house.  And on June 4, he issued an executive order that empowers businesses that want to require customers to wear masks. "Businesses should have a right to be protected from those who refuse to take the common-sense step to wear a mask," he said, by denying "service to those who might put their employees and customers at health risk." At the press conference announcing the new order, Polis also unveiled a new public-service announcement about the importance of mask-wearing, which he called "our ticket to opening our economy sooner." The issue of masks has been a hot topic since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and readers were quick to go to their corners on Polis's latest pronouncement. Says Josh:  People mistaking a slight inconvenience for oppression.......
    The World Health Organization is changing its recommendations for the use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic and is now recommending that in areas where there is widespread transmission, people should wear masks when social distancing is not possible, such as on public transport and in shops.In a press briefing on Friday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said people over age 60 or those with underlying medical conditions should wear a medical mask in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. WHO has previously only recommended that health care workers, those sickened by COVID-19 and their caregivers wear masks.Tedros emphasized that "masks on their own will not protect you from COVID-19" and emphasized the importance of hand-washing, social distancing and other measures. He added that health workers in areas with widespread transmission should now wear medical masks in all areas of health facilities and not just those with confirmed...
    Safe sex during the coronavirus pandemic might soon require protection beyond just the nether regions. A new study from researchers at Harvard University says that hooking up carries some risk for transmitting COVID-19 from one partner to the other, and recommends – among other practices – wearing a face mask while doin’ it. CORONAVIRUS FOUND IN SEMEN OF MALE CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS, CHINESE RESEARCHERS SAY The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, ranked frisky situations based on how likely it is to catch coronavirus while in the act. Researchers recommend wearing a mask for the riskiest sexual scenario: Sex with people other than those with whom one is quarantined. If you have an out-of-house coronavirus crush, the study says that – besides keeping your mask on – you should avoid kissing, as well as any oral-to-anal act, and anything that involves semen or urine. Shower before and after, and clean the space with alcohol wipes or soap. Safe...
    Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox.  Sign up here. The World Health Organization is recommending healthy people, including those who don't exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion, a sharp contrast from the advice given by American public health officials who recommend everyone wear a mask in public. "If you do not have any repository symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask," Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body's website. "Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough." The recommendation differs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which urges individuals to wear a mask or face covering in public settings, regardless of...
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