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Cell phone videos captured jubilant celebrations after a federal court lifted mask mandates on mass transportation.

The mask guidelines were put in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

A federal court in Florida lifted the CDC's mask mandates on planes, trains and buses on Monday.

Cell phone footage shows flight attendants and passengers celebrating after the announcement that face masks are no longer required to fly.

"Today's court decision means CDC's public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time," an administration official said.

Travelers posted videos of flight attendants cheering as they announced face masks are no longer required on board planes.

Uber also announced face masks are optional for drivers and riders going forward.

Face masks became a flashpoint for political debate that divided the country after the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci recommended face masks for the general population.

Common surgical (blue) face masks are not designed to filter out virus particles smaller than 0.1 microns. Coronavirus particles range from 0.06 microns to .14 microns.

The CDC's face mask guidelines were criticized by medical experts - including Dr. Fauci himself who flip-flopped a month after telling Americans face masks do not provide protection from Covid-19.

"Wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet. But it is not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is," Fauci said during a 60 Minutes interview that aired in March 2020.

Fauci later backtracked, saying he only made the statement to ensure there would be enough masks for healthcare workers.
 

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A top emergency room doctor who pushed for COVID restrictions, masks and lock downs during the pandemic now admits he was wrong.

Dr. Joseph Fraiman, an emergency room physician in New Orleans, Louisiana, apologized to doctors who criticized face masks, lockdowns and other policies to combat COVID in 2020.

In a Zoom session, Dr. Fraiman said:

"Personally, I would like to apologize to the three other scientists sitting with me here on Zoom... I'm sorry, because I believe now you guys were correct. And you were correct from the beginning."

He continued:

"These policies were harmful. Initially, I was - I don't want to say I was ignorant but it was irrelevant because there were lives on the line, I'm an emergency doctor. There were lives on the line. No, we have to do it. But if the policies didn't make a big difference and they only caused harm then you have to start rethinking what we're doing,"

Dr. Fraiman called on other doctors to admit they were wrong about "harmful" COVID policies.

"The reality is hospitalizations and deaths were not reduced by 20% by any policies," Fraiman said.

"Because if they were we would have had studies at this point that would have consistently identified that. And that just has not occurred at all. So, I think as a society we have to decide if we want to continue a public policy that's obviously producing large harm and offering only a minimal benefit at best. It's currently unmeasurable."

One doctor on Twitter agreed that lock downs were unnecessary:

"I also have to count myself as a Dr who at the beginning, thought that the lock-downs were necessary to save lives, but now think they did far more harm than good, and actively speak out against them."

Twitter responded to Dr. Fraiman's apology:

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A video of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis telling students to remove their masks went viral on Wednesday.

According to WFLA-TV, Gov. DeSantis met with high school students at University of South Florida recently.

Before giving his speech, the annoyed governor approached a group of boys standing on stage and ordered them to remove their face masks.

"You do not have to wear those masks," DeSantis said. "I mean, please take them off. Honestly, it's not doing anything and we've gotta stop with this COVID theater. So if you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous."

Most Sandrarose.com readers stopped wearing face masks last year, once they realized masks are useless against a virus. But they respect others who choose to continue wearing masks.

However, Twitter users objected to DeSantis' tone of voice toward the youths who were instructed by an adult to wear their masks.

One mom was so outraged that she put DeSantis on blast in an interview with WFLA-TV.

Her son is one of the boys who immediately removed his mask after DeSantis' rant.

"I'm responsible for him, and I told him to wear that mask," said the mom, who was not wearing a mask herself.


 
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This video will warm your heart. A viral TikTok video shows how students at a Las Vegas elementary school reacted to the news that they don't have to wear masks anymore.

After a teacher announced the news, the entire classroom erupted in cheers, dancing and tears. The children couldn't contain their excitement after finally being free of face masks for the first time in 2 years.

Their celebration went viral on Twitter.com where the video gained over 5.5 million views.

While the teacher's announcement seemed spontaneous, half of the kids in the classroom were already mask-free.

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Most school districts mandated face masks on schoolchildren during the peak of Covid-19 — even though kids are rarely affected by the Covid-19 virus and deaths among children are less than flu deaths statistically.

"This makes my heart warm," wrote one Twitter user. Another user wrote: "Congratulations children. You're free again."

A third user tweeted: "Kids can be kids again."

Face masks are not mandated for schoolchildren in the red states of Florida and Georgia.

Watch the adorable video below.

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The White House plans to distribute 400 million N95 dust masks beginning next week at no cost, The Washington Post reported.

The news comes a day after the White House launched its website to distribute millions of free at-home COVID rapid antigen tests.

N95 respirator masks are tightly woven triple layered synthetic cloth masks typically worn by healthcare workers, painters, and factory workers to filter bacteria, dust, aerosol paint, and other large particles.

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N95 masks are so-called because they filter out 95% of particles down to 0.3 microns.

The coronavirus measures around 0.1 microns or smaller.

In 2020, Pres. Joe Biden announced a joint effort with the US Postal Service to mail millions of blue surgical face masks to American homes.

However, late last year, the CDC finally admitted blue surgical masks are useless against the virus. Surgical masks were designed to trap larger bacteria - not virus.
 
RELATED: Health experts say cloth surgical masks are 'not effective' against omicron
 

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The CDC recommended N95 or KN95 masks for adults and children to battle the mild Omicron virus.

The White House said the N95 masks will be distributed by the Strategic National Stockpile, which has about 750 million N95 masks.

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In March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci went viral when he said blue face masks were not effective against the novel coronavirus. Face masks were designed to trap large bacteria, not a virus.

For the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended wearing blue surgical face masks or bandanas for protection against the novel coronavirus.
 
RELATED: Video: Dr. Fauci Explains Why Face Masks Aren’t Necessary
 
Now the CDC agrees with Fauci that blue surgical masks and cloth masks are not effective against Covid-19.

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The CDC now claims the best protection against the mild Omicron variant are N95 masks or KN95 masks for adults and children.

N95 masks are "respirator" masks that filter 95% of airborne particles. The white masks are worn by healthcare workers, painters and factory workers to trap bacteria, dust and aerosolized paint.

However, in order to be effective, N95 masks must be fitted by another healthcare worker and it must pass an air test to ensure no air is getting in.

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Officials say adults and children should wear N95 masks and eye coverings, in addition to getting three vaccines.

Worcester Medical Director and Director of Pediatric Trauma at UMass Memorial Health Dr. Michael Hirsh said, "Cloth masks and ... bandanas and homemade bandanas around their face are not effective against omicron. That is clear."

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He added: "The universal precaution is now one of these better masks, eye coverings and in general, the three doses of the vaccine, your first two and then the booster. That's your basic level of protection."

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People most affected by COVID include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, smokers, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

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The GBI identified the suspect who fatally shot a supermarket cashier and wounded a reserve deputy during an argument over wearing a face mask.

Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, of Palmetto, Georgia, got into a heated argument with an unnamed female cashier at the Big Bear supermarket on Candler Road in Decatur just after 1 p.m. on Monday.

The argument was over Tucker's refusal to wear a face mask in the store, DeKalb sheriff's office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams confirmed to AJC.com.

Authorities said Tucker left the store then immediately returned and shot the cashier in the head. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A reserve deputy who was working part-time as a security guard in the store heard the commotion and confronted the suspect. The deputy and the suspect were both shot during an exchange of gunfire.

The officer was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. Tucker was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he is in stable condition.

A bullet grazed a second cashier who was treated at the scene by medics.

Tucker was arrested by responding officers as he tried to crawl out of the supermarket. He is well-known to store employees who say he has mental problems.

The GBI is leading the shooting investigation.

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Masks are not mandated in Georgia and many residents don't wear masks. However, private businesses still mandate masks as part of their store policy.

A sign outside the grocery store advises shoppers to wear a mask inside the store, but some shoppers disregard the signage.

The unidentified grocery store owner told a reporter he is considering banning guns inside the store.

Off-duty law enforcement moonlight at grocery stores in Georgia due to ongoing arguments over face masks.

Decatur is a suburb about 6 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
 

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C- and D-list celebrities attended rapper Future Hendrix's #MaskOff party at The Highlight in Hollywood, California on Wednesday. The rapper was seen arriving to The Highlight room with a group of friends. He wore a white shirt, black pants, draped sweater, and a red ball cap as he made his way into the maskless party.

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Rapper Saweetie attended rapper Future's #MaskOff party at The Highlight in Hollywood, California on Wednesday.

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Karrueche Tran attended rapper Future's #MaskOff party at The Highlight in Hollywood, California on Wednesday.

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Republican lawmakers joined millions of Americans who snatched off their masks when the CDC gave the greenlight last week.

The CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans can remove their masks indoors -- except in crowds.

Conservatives who never wore masks even during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak celebrated the CDC's announcement as freedom from restrictions.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imposed a $500 fine on any lawmaker who walked the halls of Congress without masks.

While some Democrats vowed to continue wearing their masks, Republican lawmakers happily paid Pelosi's $500 fee to go maskless.

"Best $500 I ever spent," Republican Rep. Brian Mast told NBC News. He refused to wear a mask on the House floor even after a member of the House Sergeant at Arms' office approached him on Tuesday, in full view of C-SPAN's camera, and asked him to wear one.

Mast and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were among a group of GOP lawmakers seen on the House floor without a face covering on Tuesday. They all paid Pelosi's $500 fine.

"Proud to join these Patriots for a peaceful protest on the House floor against mask mandates!," Greene tweeted with a photo showing her and other barefaced Republican lawmakers.

"Enough is enough! #FreeYourFace," tweeted Illinois Rep. Mary Miller.

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The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance about wearing face masks outdoors for fully vaccinated people.

Under the new CDC guidance, people who received both Covid-19 mRNA injections can remove their face masks outdoors.

"It's the return of freedom," said Dr. Mike Saag, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It's the return of us being able to do normal activities again."

Dr Anthony Fauci admitted on Sunday that the risk of contracting coronavirus outside is "miniscule."

During an interview on CBS, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said on Tuesday, "You're vaccinated, guess what, you get to return to a normal lifestyle!"

He also had a message for those who prefer not to take the experimental mRNA vaccine. "You're not vaccinated, you're still a danger, you're still in danger as well, so get vaccinated."

In fully open states such as Georgia, Florida and Texas, 70% of residents have not received the vaccine, yet many walk around mask-free.

"When you get vaccinated, you can join [the two-thirds of vaccinated seniors] outdoors, and not have to wear masks," Becerra said.

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Senator Rand Paul, a licensed doctor, blames the White House and the CDC for the fact that many states are still under 30% vaccinated.

"[T]here is no science behind any of this. It's fear-mongering. But it also has a deleterious effect, in that it's discouraging people from getting the vaccine because they’re saying, well, if the vaccine doesn't mean anything, it doesn't seem to have any protective benefit, you get no benefit."

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Georgia mom Courtney Ann Taylor went viral this week after she pleaded with school board members to end the Covid-19 mask mandate in schools.

Taylor addressed Gwinnett County Board of Education members at its meeting on April 15. She ripped the members for dragging their feet on the mask mandate for over a month.

"If you truly mean that you would end the mask requirement tonight," Taylor said.

She noted that it's been over a year since the pandemic started, several vaccines are available, and every adult who wants the vaccines can have one.

"Every one of us knows that young children are not affected by this virus, and that's a blessing" she said. "But as the adults what have we done with that blessing? We've shoved it to the side and we've said, 'we don't care. You're still going to wear a mask on your face every day ... You still can't play together on the playground like normal children ... We don't care. We're still going to force you to carry a burden that was never yours to carry.' Shame on us!"

Taylor said that her 6-year-old daughter complains that she doesn’t want to wear the mask anymore.

"It's April 15, 2021, and it's time. Take these masks off of my child," Taylor said, as the room erupted in applause.

The video of Taylor's emotional plea went viral on social media.

Watch the video below.
 

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Protestors in Idaho, including elected officials and minor children, burned face masks at a rally outside the state capitol building in Boise on Saturday, March 6.

Idaho's Stay Healthy Order recommends wearing "a face covering over their nose and mouth in indoor public settings or in an outdoor public space where they are unable to maintain six-feet physical distancing."

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Photos and videos show residents tossing used face masks into roaring flames inside a barrel. Demonstrators gathered to burn masks in at least 20 cities across the state to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

Elected officials joined the demonstrators who cheered as protesters tossed their masks into the fire.

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin and Republican lawmaker Heather Scott supported the demonstrators.

"Even if you don't have a mask — because in my district a lot of people don't wear masks — it's still symbolic," Scott said in a YouTube video. "It gets the word out to the governor that it's time for this emergency order to end."

In unrelated news, the CDC said people who are "fully vaccinated" can gather in "small groups" as long as they socially distance and practice good hand washing technique.

Some businesses say they will demand to see proof of vaccinations before a fully vaccinated person enters their establishment.

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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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    Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson III (right) has been accused of thumbing his nose at the coronavirus outbreak. Florida officials slammed the semi-retired rapper as "stupid" for hosting a maskless pre-Super Bowl party over the weekend.

    The "In Da Club" rapper performed in front of a large crowd of maskless attendees inside a hangar at Albert Whitted Airport on Friday night, just two days before the sporting extravaganza was held in nearby Tampa.

    St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman expressed his disbelief at the news via Twitter.

    "This isn't how we should be celebrating the Super Bowl. It's not safe or smart. It's stupid," he wrote, before vowing to launch an investigation into the party.

    "We're going to take a very close look at this, and it may end up costing someone a lot more than 50 cents."

    Ironically, 50 was among the stars who urged fans to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and face coverings at the start of the pandemic last March.

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    Other celebrities holding maskless parties in the Tampa area ahead of Super Bowl Sunday include superstar DJs Diplo and Steve Aoki, who made sure to keep their masks on, while rappers Migos were bare faced as they attended a Bounce pop-up party.

    Rick Ross and French Montana co-hosted a bash at The Ritz Ybor attended by Flavor Flav and hip-hop stars Tory Lanez who joined hundreds of maskless guests.

    According to the CDC, Black and brown people are among the groups disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. They are also the groups least likely to roll up their sleeves for the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.
     

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    An outspoken emergency room doctor with a large following on social media made headlines when he wished death on Americans who choose to live their lives without fear.

    On Feb. 3, Dr. Gilman reacted to a viral video that shows maskless shoppers in a Florida grocery store.

    In a now-deleted tweet, Gilman wrote: "Naples, Florida. Let 'em die. I'm so tired of these people. No vaccine for y'all."

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    In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "I'm working in the COVID ICU tonight! I'm so tired of giving 200% while others in the U.S. can’t even help by simply wearing a mask!"

    When outraged Twitter followers reminded him that his impulsiveness got him fired from a hospital in Arizona, he blamed Republicans and walked back his statement.

    "Republicans trying to take my words out of context as if I deny medical care to people that don't wear masks & 'let 'em die. My point is that we can't waste our energy on these COVID deniers. [They] are not gonna protect themselves so let 'em die. They'll find out the hard way."

    On Nov. 22, Dr. Gilman was fired for lying about the lack of ICU beds in the state of Arizona.

    Gilman tweeted that there were "no more ICU beds in the state of Arizona."

    But Gov. Doug Ducey and the Department of Health disputed his tweet by confirming there were over 100 ICU beds available in the state that same day.

    Gilman's tweets made him a celebrity on Twitter. He received a Zoom call from Joe Biden's transition team and Oprah Winfrey offered to send him and his family on vacation.

    But others were not as tolerant of Gilman's attention-seeking tweets.

    Envision, the agency that contracts him to work temporary assignments in hospitals, told him his services were no longer needed at Yuma Medical Center in Arizona.

    When Gilman tweeted that he was "fired" from his temporary assignment, the hospital said it was all a "misunderstanding" and that he still worked shifts there.

    But Gilman told a reporter that he was on the schedule to work but he had not been permitted to work his scheduled shifts.

    "I was told by Envision that the hospital was not allowing me to return back due to a tweet," he said.

    The hospital quietly told Envision that Gilman would not be allowed to "be vocal or outspoken" on social media.

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    Social media users lashed out at Gilman for his insensitive tweet about the maskless grocery store in Florida.

    One Twitter user called Gilman "mentally unfit", while others expressed their support for him.

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    Dr. Gilman attempted to go viral with a rap song about Covid-19 last year, but it flopped.