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A new report by the CDC suggests wearing 2 face masks can help reduce coronavirus exposure.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC are now recommending wearing 2 masks to block 95% of virus particles.

The CDC guidance followed the release of an agency study that shows double masking boosts protection from aerosolized particles.

"The bottom line is this: Masks work and they work best when they have a good fit and are worn correctly," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing on Wednesday.

Dr. Fauci recently said "there's no data that indicates that [double masking] is going to make a difference."

This isn't the first time Fauci has flip-flopped on coronavirus recommendations.

In March 2020, Dr. Fauci said a mask was less effective than good hand washing.

This week, the CDC issued guidelines to properly wear face masks for a snug fit.

The following guidelines ensure a snug fit against the face because gaps in the mask can let in air and virus particles.

  • Wear a cloth mask over a medical mask
  • Pick a medical mask with a flexible metal strip along the top of the mask
  • Bend the metal strip over your nose to fit close to your face
  • Use a mask filter or brace over your mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges
  • Check for air gaps in mask by cupping your hands around the edges of mask
  • Make sure no air is flowing from the outer edges of mask or from the mask edge near your eyes
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    Make sure you can breathe while wearing 2 masks.

    The CDC says wearing 2 masks is safe for those of you who don't have breathing problems or respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD.

    If you feel lightheaded or dizzy from breathing in your own carbon dioxide while wearing 2 masks, consider that you might be having a panic attack, which can trigger sudden feelings of suffocation, according to health.com.

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    California health officials have halted the administration of Moderna mRNA vaccines after an "unusually high number" of adverse reactions were linked to one batch.

    Dozens of deaths and adverse reactions have been linked to vaccines in the U.S. and Norway, where 33 senior citizens died shortly after receiving Pfizer injections.

    At least 55 people have died following vaccinations in the U.S. The CDC states a number of deaths are to be expected for vaccine rollouts.

    But California isn't taking any chances. The California Department of Public Health said Monday that "fewer than 10 individuals" experienced severe side effects to the mRNA vaccines that required medical attention over the past 24 hours.

    All of the reactions were linked to a single community clinic. The clinic reportedly closed for several hours after the adverse reactions occurred.

    California is prioritizing vaccines for the elderly (over age 65) and frontline health workers, many of whom don't want the shots.

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned firefighters might be required to take the injections after 45% of them failed to show up for their vaccinations.

    Firefighters who are fearful of being guinea pigs have been offered free gifts and perks, such as home security systems, bicycles, and gift cards for Airbnb and Lyft rides.

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    Times are hard right now for most rappers -- including washed up rappers like Chad "Bow Wow" Moss, who desperately need club bookings to make ends meet.

    Bow Wow responded to criticism after a video went viral of him performing at a crowded club in Houston, Texas, on Friday night amid the Democrat-controlled pandemic.

    The footage showed the rapper performing at Cle Houston without a mask, and the majority of the audience was also mask-free -- despite the fact that the club's website states that masks are required inside the venue.

    This is not unusual: Georgia and other states that are not Democrat-controlled are wide open and many residents don't wear masks.

    Democrat-controlled states are about to turn up now that the election is over.

    "Scrubs" star Zach Braff is among those who are waiting for the corporate news media to tell them it's safe to go outside without masks on.

    Braff shared a video, writing alongside it: "I thought about it and have decided I'm not willing to die for Bow Wow."

    Responding to the backlash on Saturday in a series of since-deleted tweets, Bow Wow said he followed Covid-19 protocols until the moment he stepped onstage.

    "Man i been hosting parties all last year. I wore my mask in the club. I cant host with that thing on [sic]," he wrote. "I promise my mask i wore in the club up until i got on the mic. That simple. Keep sanitizer on me at all times." Bow Wow also claimed he was tested for Covid-19 "twice" ahead of the gig.

    He added that the rules -- which changed constantly during the outbreak -- differ depending on which state you are in: "Man Texas is open. Atl (Atlanta) is open. I cant help I live in a city where we been open since last spring [sic]."

    When one of his followers griped that people are getting "tired of this Covid bullsh*t... and wanna get out of the house", Bow Wow replied: "Agreed".
     

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    Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who tested positive for Covid-19, blames Republicans who "cruelly refused" to wear masks during the Capitol riots.

    Jayapal announced Tuesday that she tested positive for Covid-19. She blamed Republican lawmakers for refusing to wear masks as they huddled together in a secure chamber after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

    In a statement released Tuesday, Jayapal, a Democrat, said, "I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one."

    She continued: "Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic—creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack."

    Jayapal said GOP lawmakers should be "fully held accountable" for not wearing masks and for "endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I’m calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms."

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    But a video released by CBS News on January 6 shows Jayapal maskless as she huddled with other maskless lawmakers during the riots.

    Jayapal is not wearing a mask for the entirety of the nearly 3 minute video. She is seen holding a makeshift gas mask which she doesn't wear. Jayapal routinely doesn't wear masks during committee hearings.

    As the terrified congresswomen huddled together in fear, another maskless lawmaker prays loudly for divine intervention "in Jesus' name."

    Three congresswomen tested positive for Covid-19 after the riots. Two of them wore face masks at all times.

    Democrat New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Coleman tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. She also blamed Republicans and pro-Trump supporters for her positive test.

    Democrat Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore voted on the House floor for Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, just five days after announcing she tested positive.

    Jayapal's office declined to respond when a reporter asked about the CBS video that showed the congresswoman not wearing a mask.
     

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    Bruce Willis says not wearing a face mask in an L.A. pharmacy was "an error in judgment".

    The macho "Die Hard" actor was spotted without a face covering in a Rite Aid pharmacy in Los Angeles, California on Monday, Jan. 11, when an employee asked him to wear a face covering.

    According to reports, Bruce was asked to leave the pharmacy when other customers became upset that he wasn't wearing a mask.

    Willis, 65, wore a bandanna loosely around his neck as a fashion statement. But rather than pull the bandana up, Willis was photographed walking out of the store without making a purchase.

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    Social media users ripped Willis for putting other lives in danger by not wearing a mask. One social media user said celebrities and politicians who don't wear masks believe they are invincible.

    Willis has now responded to backlash over the incident, saying "It was an error in judgment. Be safe out there everyone and let's continue to mask up," he told People magazine in a statement.

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    As Covid-19 continues to surge and overwhelm hospitals in NY and California, many are pondering the riddle: Where have all the flu cases gone?

    A top epidemiologist says the answer is simple: flu cases are now being counted as Covid-19.

    "Influenza has been renamed COVID in large part," epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski told Just the News on Thursday.

    "There may be quite a number of influenza cases included in the 'presumed COVID' category of people who have COVID symptoms... Those patients "also may have some SARS RNA sitting in their nose while being infected with Influenza, in which case the influenza would be 'confirmed' to be COVID."

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, aka Dr. Doom, predicts "The worst is yet to come" and "Our darkest days in the battle against Covid-19 are ahead of us."

    Yet Fauci fails to mention that influenza typically peaks between December and February. In fact, there is very little mention of influenza at all in the mainstream media these days.

    Isn't it odd that they explain away the lack of flu cases by saying more people are wearing masks and social distancing?

    Yet "dark days are ahead" because not enough people are wearing masks and social distancing.
     

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    An L.A. Times article from 2018 used the same apocalyptic language to describe influenza cases that are now being used to describe Covid.

    Just replace the word "flu" with "Covid-19" in the article.

    "Hospitals across the state are sending away ambulances, flying in nurses from out of state and not letting children visit their loved ones for fear they'll spread the flu. Others are canceling surgeries and erecting tents in their parking lots so they can triage the hordes of flu patients."

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    Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is recovering from Covid-19 at home after he checked himself out of a Georgia hospital because people around him were dying.

    Gossett, 84, spoke by phone to Ryan Cameron, host of WAMJ-Majic 1075/975 in Atlanta, about the reason he left the hospital against medical advice (AMA).

    Gossett told Cameron on Monday that he contracted the virus from a nurse who visited his home. He arrived at an emergency room on Dec. 27, but left shortly after seeing the chaos inside the hospital.

    The Grammy-winning actor said he left the hospital because the staff was "extremely tired" and they were "losing the battle," he said he called his son and other family members, and they got him out of there.

    Gossett said he wanted to thank his fans in Atlanta and around the world for the love, prayers and well wishes over the last few days.

    "When there was a threat of me leaving the planet -- I didn't know I had that done that positive for so many people and I am grateful to the bottom of my heart. I want to say thank you so much for y'all. The love bounces back to you in a million fold. God is good all the time and I am so grateful that you've been there. It's just what the doctor ordered."

    He said four or 5 doctors around the country sent him some medications, including eucalyptus tea and vitamins, to help his recovery.

    When asked if he was for or against the vaccine, Gossett said, "I don't know what the vaccines is but I want it. It gives us a head start to go in the direction of taking better care of ourselves and one another. That's all it is. There's no Democrats, there's nothing but making saving mankind."

    Gossett also discussed the lack of "purity" in young "girls of 6, 7, 8-years-old with that innocence that I've forgotten to see, I don't see it anymore. I see the young men, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10-years old with deep voices and getting ready to shoot one another. We need to take a chill pill. We all need to be saved."

    Gossett had a message for so-called anti-maskers:

    "Covid is real. Even it's not real -- just for the hell of it, wear a mask anyway. Cooperate with us. There's no such thing as impossible. Take the word 'impossible' out of your dictionary. We need to be together to take better care of ourselves, our children and one another."

    Gossett is best known for his Academy Award-winning role in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman and for portraying the character of Fiddler in the ABC miniseries Roots in 1977, among hundreds of film and TV roles.

    Listen to the audio below:
     


     

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    Radio and TV host Larry King has been hospitalized for over a week, battling COVID-19, according to published reports.

    The beloved newsman has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for 10 days and is not allowed any visitors, according to Roger Friedman's Showbiz 411.

    King's estranged wife, Shawn King, and their two sons are said to be in constant contact with doctors to stay up-to-date on his progress.

    Representatives for King have yet to comment on the news, but it's the latest health scare for the TV star, who spent his 87th birthday in hospital for heart-related issues.

    He also previously overcame a heart attack, a stroke, prostate and lung cancer, and diabetes.

    2020 was a rough year for King - his son Andy, 65, and daughter Chaia, 51, died within days of one another in August. Andy suffered a fatal heart attack, while Chaia passed away from lung cancer.

    King is also father to Larry King, Jr. with former wife Annette Kaye.

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    What Corona? A horny nurse risked everything to have noisy sex with a Covid-19 patient in a hospital bathroom, according to the NY Post.

    With a 99.9% survival rate for Covid-19, the nurse apparently wasn't concerned about the health risks.

    News of the incident at a Jakarta hospital went viral Friday, Dec. 25, after the patient bragged on Twitter about his sexual tryst with a male nurse.

    "It is true that there has been a suspected incident of a same-sex relationship between a health worker and a COVID-19 patient at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital," said Asep Gunawan of the National Nurses Association.

    The NY Post reports that the patient tweeted a photo of the nurse's PPE on the hospital room floor as the two went at it.

    The hospital administration was understandably humiliated. The nurse was suspended and there may be criminal charges.

    "This case has been transferred to the Central Jakarta Police. We have secured the health worker to become a witness and asked for further information," said Lt. Col. Arh Herwin of the Regional Military Command.

    Nurse and patient were tested for Covid-19. The patient is still positive and the nurse is negative.

    If convicted, both men face up to 10 years in prison.

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    Black pastors say they will adopt a wait-and-see approach rather than recommend the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine to their congregations.

    12 Black pastors interviewed by Reuters news agency cited concerns over the rapid development of the vaccines and the lack of evidence for or against long-term side effects.

    A.R. Bernard, pastor of a Brooklyn megachurch, said he is concerned that Black people are being singled out as guinea pigs for a vaccine that is not fully tested.

    "We're concerned about it being tested on persons of color," Bernard told Reuters.

    The Centers for Disease Control has urged all 50 states to consider giving Blacks and Hispanics priority over whites when distributing the vaccines.

    Bernard and other Black pastors declined a major healthcare organization's invitation to sit on a committee aimed at promoting the vaccines within the Black community.

    Bernard, who was hospitalized with the virus in March, said he wants to take a "wait and see" approach until there is more information about the vaccine's long-term effects.

    Dismayed health officials had hoped that the Black clergy could convince Black people to roll up their sleeves for the vaccine.

    A recent poll revealed that just 49% of Black people say they will take the vaccine vs. 63% of white people.

    Black pastors cite a deep-seated mistrust in the government and the medical establishment among Black people.

    "What we're dealing with right now is the byproduct of... generations of distrust, suspicion and fear with regard to how medical systems work," said Edwin Sanders, head of Metropolitan International Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

    "I can't in good faith tell my people to accept this wholesale, but I also am not trying to support any type of baseless conspiracy theories. It's a tightrope that I have to walk here," said Earle Fisher, pastor of the Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Of the 12 pastors interviewed by Reuters only 1 said he is willing to take the vaccine but he wouldn't recommend the shots to his parishioners.