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Despite wearing a face mask, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she has tested positive for COVID-19.

The mayor is pictured comforting Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks who was killed by police last month.

Bottoms tweeted her positive test result on Monday evening. "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

She told reporters she didn't know how she contracted the virus. Mayor Bottoms has repeatedly urged Atlantans to wear face masks in public. She diligently wears a face mask and maintains social distancing.

It isn't clear if Mayor Bottoms will self-quarantine for 14 days.

She is among the 99 percentile of people with COVID-19 who show no symptoms or mild symptoms.

COVID-19 cases are up 134% nationwide but fatalities are down 34%.

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The iconic Friday the 13th villain Jason Vorhees is being featured in a public service announcement urging Americans to wear face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bosses at ad agency Ogilvy created a viral video featuring an actor dressed up as the horror slasher character out and about in New York, wearing his iconic white mask.

"The masked killer from Friday the 13th is taking a machete to the city's epidemic with a PSA (public service announcement) on the importance of preventative face wear," the caption alongside the video reads.

"It's not easy - the mask makes people uncomfortable," a narrator says over the video, which features bystanders fleeing from Jason. "I know, the whole chainsaw thing, I get it. But the thing is, behind the mask, I'm a regular guy."

The post concludes with, "Wearing a mask can be scary. Not wearing one can be deadly."

The ad campaign comes as stars like Tom Hanks and Jennifer Aniston take to social media to urge followers to wear masks in public.

But many Americans are reluctant to wear masks due to what they say is the politicization of the coronavirus.

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa made it clear he will not wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Y'all can have them masks fam," Wiz tweeted on Tuesday, just days after Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order requiring all residents to wear face masks in public and indoor public spaces.

A source close to the "Black and Yellow" hitmaker says Wiz is "suspicious" of the California government forcing people to wear face masks. The 32-year-old rapper believes wearing masks should be an individual choice.

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99% of those infected with COVID-19 will recover from the disease and less than 1% of people infected with the coronavirus have died.

The COVID-19 death toll is the same if not slightly higher than the influenza virus.

The penalty for ignoring Gov. Newsom's order is a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

Calif. counties that refuse to comply with the governor's COVID-19 rules will lose up to $1 billion in government funding, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The funding is contingent on counties following the state's stay-at-home order.


 

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Alyssa Milano came under fire for wearing an impractical crochet face mask after urging her followers to wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

The actress took to Twitter on Saturday to share an image of herself alongside husband Dave Bugliari and their two children on Instagram.

"Show me your masks! Masks keep people safe and healthy. Show me yours! Ready? Go!" she tweeted.

Users on the social media site were quick to criticize the knit mask, leading Milano to defend her mask, claiming there was a filter inside her mask.

"A-holes, mask has a carbon filter in it. So, yes, it might be crochet but totally safe," Milano wrote. "Mask has a filter in it for f-k's sake (sic). A carbon one. My mom makes them. #WearAMask".

The former "Charmed" star also shared a screenshot of the pack of 100 filters she had purchased.

But fans pointed out they could see her skin through the holes in the mask. Which means she was likely not wearing a filter.

A political war over masks is raging in America as millions take sides in the debate over whether to wear a face mask or go mask-free.

Social media videos show grocery shoppers attacking one woman who chose to go mask-free. Other videos show people fighting over the right not to wear a face mask.

In some states, face masks are mandatory, but Georgia is still mask-free.

Mask advocates say wearing a mask slows the spread of the virus. But experts say masks provide no real protection because the masks are not fitted tightly to the face like N95 respirators.

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The virus can easily escape or enter through the holes around the nose and wrinkles in masks and face coverings.

The safest way to protect against spreading the virus is washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, avoiding sick people, and covering your mouth with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was heavily criticized for not wearing a face mask or social distancing while taking photos with Black people at Virginia Beach on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Northam announced a mandatory statewide policy requiring the use of face masks for all inside businesses.

Face masks are voluntary outside, although the state health department recommends face coverings.

"Facial protection is one of the ways that we stop the spread of this virus," Northam told reporters at a press conference on Friday. "We are working through the policy over the next couple of days and I will make an announcement Tuesday regarding that."

But on Saturday, a bare faced Northam took a trip to Virginia Beach where he mingled with Black people and stopped for photo ops.

On Friday, the governor had a message for people who planned to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend:

"Don't gather in large groups, don't crowd parks or natural areas, remember to maintain social distancing, and please wear face covering while you are out in public."

Virginia's stay-at-home order expires on June 10, although some "essential" businesses are allowed to remain open.

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Most people are expected to attend church services this weekend as America reopens following 2 months of lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Worshipers are expected to wear face masks or face coverings if they attend a church service this weekend. But many people are wearing their masks or face coverings incorrectly.

Ideally, face masks should be worn for up to a few hours and then discarded. Not worn. all day.

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Face masks are expensive and some people can only get their hands on a box or 2. Some people use bandanas and DIY masks made out of material.

According to ABC News, face coverings should be washed daily.

Penni Watts, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing, says to run DIY face coverings through a washing machine using hot water and detergent and then use a hot dryer. She says place the masks in a clean plastic bag and seal it to prevent germs from entering.

Dr. Tod Cooperman, founder and CEO of ConsumerLab, said masks can be put on a shelf in an oven with a pan of water placed underneath and heated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

"Moist heat appears to be better [at killing the virus] than dry heat," he said.

All health experts stress do not touch your face or your mask with your bare hands. You can easily transfer the virus from your hands to your mask and your face.

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Always pick up your mask by the elastic ear loops. Never touch the part of the mask that goes on your face.

Dr. Luke Davis, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health, said disposable masks can be reused if stored properly.

"Number one is don't touch your mask," he said. Remove the mask carefully by using the elastic ear loops and place it in a well-ventilated storage container, such as a clean paper bag.

Dr. Davis said, if you don't have a plastic bag to store your mask, a paper bag is a good alternative.

"Many of us are just using those brown paper bags that we used to take our lunch to work in," he said.

Experts don't recommend using a disinfectant to spray the mask, as you'd be breathing in the toxic fumes the next time you wear the mask.

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Singer Jason Derulo went to a gym in Los Angeles without a face mask after chipping his front tooth doing a Corn on the Cobb Drill Challenge on Tik Tok. Jason and his friends were in a good mood joking and laughing. None of them wore face masks. It isn't clear if Jason is a Republican or Democrat. But most Republicans do not wear masks which are mandatory in LA. Not wearing one is punishable by a steep fine.
 

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Actress Jennifer Garner, who is most likely Republican, took her daughter Seraphina to a drive-by birthday party in Santa Monica during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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What mask? Actor and new dad Joshua Jackson was pictured without a mask as he headed to the supermarket to get some fresh groceries for his wife, Queen & Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith.
 

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Tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoyed a bike ride without a face mask like he does almost every day to stay fit during the coronavirus pandemic.
 

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Republicans Ariel Winter and boyfriend Luke Benward were all smiles while running errands together without face masks in Los Angeles. The 22-year-old actress is best known for her role as Alex Dunphy in the hit comedy series Modern Family.
 

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Drummer Travis Barker dared anyone to tell him to wear a mask. The rocker was seen getting out of his SUV outside his music studio in Los Angeles.

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After stating the coronavirus can remain on surfaces for days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says the virus "does not spread easily on surfaces."

With public mistrust in the CDC at an all-time high, the federal health agency walked back its warning that the virus can survive for up to 3 days on contaminated surfaces.

According to Fox News, the agency again revised its guidelines on the way the virus easily spreads on surfaces.

"This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus," the CDC states on its website.

For months, the CDC claimed the virus survived on surfaces for days and that frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down with household cleaners.

Now the agency emphasizes that the virus is mainly spread between people who are in close contact, within 6 feet of each other, when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks, causing droplets of spittle to land in another person's mouth or nose.

The CDC recommends wearing face masks -- but studies show standard face masks and face coverings do not prevent the spread of the virus. In fact, face masks can spread the virus if worn incorrectly.

Masks should be discarded after a few hours of use and the same mask should not be worn the next day.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last month there was no evidence to suggest the virus can be transmitted on the surface of food items and there is no need to wipe down groceries or food packaging.

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What face mask law? Bare-faced actress Christina Milian was spotted making a quick Starbucks run with her children Violet (right) and Isaiah.

Face masks or face coverings such as a bandana are now mandatory in Los Angeles, California - even though the items offer no real protection against a microscopic virus.

Everyone in L.A. must wear a mask, including celebrities and other VIPs. But many celebrities were spotted out and about without a mask or other face covering over the weekend.

It’s easy to tell a celebrity's political affiliation during the coronavirus pandemic. Most Democrats wear face masks while Republicans refuse to fall for the left's fear mongering.
 

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Tyra Banks was spotted without a face mask while on a grocery run with boyfriend Louis Bélanger-Martin and son York in Santa Monica. Tyra dressed comfortably in leopard print pants
 

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Singer Usher played with his labradoodle puppy while out running a few errands. Usher snuggled and kissed his pup for a cute moment.
 

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NBA star Draymond Green was spotted taking a walk without a face mask in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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NBA baller Joakim Noah went for a morning swim in Malibu on Saturday. Joakim showcased his fit body while changing into his tee and sweatpants. Joakim is staying in top shape for the restart of the NBA season.
 

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TV hunk Mario Lopez routinely goes out without a face mask. He's tired of people asking him why he doesn't wear one. The star returned to his car after finishing up another private Jujutsu gym session.
 

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Who's going to tell Arnold Schwarzenegger that he has to wear a face mask? The former governor and son Patrick finished up their morning bike ride at the Brentwood Country Mart.
 

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Machine Gun Kelly took his mixed race daughter for some takeout food and stopped to check out some classic cars in a parking lot in Los Angeles.

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The White House has revealed there is no plan in place for succession of power should both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence contract the coronavirus and die.

If the worst happens, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could possibly be sworn in as acting president. The Supreme Court would take up the legalities of succession.

Constitutional experts say Pelosi can't be sworn in as president because she doesn't fit the definition of "officer" as required in the Constitution.

The Constitution defines an officer as part of the executive branch. Pelosi is part of the legislative branch.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told London's DailyMail.com: "That's not even something we're addressing," when asked what is the plan if both the president or vice president are incapacitated by the virus.

McEnany assured DailyMail.com: "We're keeping the president healthy. We're keeping the vice president healthy and you know they're healthy at this moment and they'll continue to be."

She added: "I think that's something all reporters should be celebrating and the American people as well."

Supporters lined the road as President Trump arrived to tour medical equipment distributor Owens & Minor in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Thursday.

Trump did not wear a face mask. Many of his supporters were also bare-faced. All factory workers wore face masks and matching neon t-shirts.

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All White House staffers have been ordered to wear face masks at all times to protect the president and vice president from the coronavirus after some staffers tested positive.

President Trump famously said he would not wear a mask. But Chief of Staff Mark Meadows issued a memo to all White House staff that masks should be worn at all times inside the building except when at one's desk.

The news comes as four of Pence's close aides tested positive. Secret Service agents and Trump's personal valet also tested positive.

The CDC recommended face coverings for the public but stopped short of making the recommendation mandatory.

Both Trump and VP Mike Pence have been criticized for not wearing a face mask during public appearances or when touring clinics and factories.

Trump said he doesn't believe wearing a mask is "appropriate" for public duties. "I don't see it for myself, I just don't," he said.

Several aides told The Wall Street Journal they don't expect Trump to start wearing a face mask.

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The coronavirus hysteria ramped up a notch when the CDC and the White House coronavirus task force "recommended" wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus through droplets coughed or sneezed into the air.

Misinformation and fear mongering by the news media led people to believe the virus is easily transmitted by lingering in the air for 3 hours -- which is not only false, but caused more mass hysteria.

Less than two months ago, WH task force member Dr Anthony Fauci said face masks were not necessary and could put people at risk because masks cause people to touch their faces more.

The virus enters the body when you touch your face before washing your hands. You should always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before touching your face.

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Vice President Mike Pence declined to wear a face mask during a tour of the Mayo Clinic, disregarding the famous Minnesota clinic's face mask policy.

News footage shows a maskless Pence surrounded by Mayo Clinic staffers wearing masks. After the tour, the Mayo Clinic tweeted that Pence was informed of the masking policy prior to his arrival. That tweet has since been deleted.

Pence's refusal to don a mask renewed public speculation that a Covid-19 vaccine exists. But Pence explained to reporters that he and President Trump are regularly tested for the coronavirus.

"As Vice President of the United States I'm tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis," he said, "and everyone who is around me is tested for the coronavirus. And since I don't have the coronavirus, I thought it'd be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health care personnel, and look them in the eye and say thank you."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. But President Trump declared the CDC suggestion is not mandatory and that he would not wear a mask.

COVID-19 causes mild symptoms or no symptoms in most healthy adults. The virus causes acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and smokers.
 

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Actor John David Washington, son of acting legend Denzel Washington and star of television hit Ballers, was spotted jogging backwards up a steep hill in Beverly Hills. John was seen getting his exercise on while the rest of LA is under quarantine. John was nominated for a golden globe for his performance in the Spike Lee acclaimed film Blackklansman.

John wasn't wearing a face mask while exercising. That's smart of him, because the general public does not know how to properly wear a face mask. Nursing students are required to take a class to learn how to wear face masks and gloves properly. Face masks are disposable. They are not designed to be worn all day.

The public risks infecting themselves with the coronavirus every time they touch the mask to lower it or remove it. The condensation from their breathing makes the mask wet - and wet material is like a sponge to a virus. The germs seep right through the wet material. Additionally, ER nurses report half of their Covid-19 patients come into the ER wearing face masks - which means the mask did not protect them from the virus. You're safer without a face mask on unless you are sick or have a fever, are sneezing or coughing.
 

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Pop singer Jason Derulo was spotted jogging near his L.A. home. He wasn't wearing a face mask while Los Angeles is under quarantine.
 

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Former fashion model Kelly Bensimon showed off her toned bod while taking her dog for a walk in sunny Palms Beach, Florida. The 51-year-old is best known as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City from seasons 2 to 4.
 

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Myleene Klass was seen at the Global Radio studios on April 22, 2020 in London, England.
 

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Former Culture Club drummer Jon Moss (the one who allegedly dated CC lead singer Boy George) was pictured without a mask on while out and about in Hampstead during the London Coronavirus lockdown.

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Shark Tank star Daymond John is accused of trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by hiking the market price of face masks.

Hiking the price of essential products that are in short supply is known as price gouging. It is illegal and punishable by prison time and a hefty fine.

According to the Miami Herald, John tried to hawk N95 face masks for $7 million.

John, CEO of the Shark Group, offered to sell the masks at $7 each - more than three times the market rate per mask.

"This was not somebody off the street, this was Daymond John," said Jared Moskowitz, director of the state Department of Emergency Management.

"He came to me and said, 'I've been in the clothing business. I have connections with factories in China,'" Moskowitz told the newspaper.

Desperate to get the supplies, the state agreed to pay John $7 million for 1 million face masks, the Miami herald reported.

The state signed the purchase order on March 25 with the law firm, Foley & Lardner handling the transaction, according to the paper.

By mid-April, the multi-million-dollar deal fell through, as John was unable to deliver the masks.

"Many people were duped," Moskowitz said.

Shark Group's deal is among many fraudulent deals being investigated by the 3M company for price gouging, the Herald reported.

A rep for Shark Group did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.