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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.
     

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    NBC's Shep Smith fantasizes about "a time when we won't have to wear the masks anymore." But for many Floridians and Georgians, that time is now.

    NBC's Sam Brock filmed a video of a supermarket in Naples, Florida where both employees and customers don't wear masks. The video shows maskless shoppers and employees smiling and chatting face-to-face.

    There are no mask mandates or Covid-19 restrictions in Florida, where the death rate is less than half of the rates in heavily restricted blue states.

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    Masks are not enforced in the store because the store's guidelines include medical exemptions. A sign that greets shoppers states: "If we see you without a mask, we will assume you have a medical condition and we will welcome you inside to support our business."

    Brock asked the store owner, Alfie Oakes: "Is your position about medical exemptions or is it about the fact that you don't think masks work...?"

    "I know that the masks don't work and I know that the virus has not killed 400,000 people in this country," Oakes replied. "That's total hogwash,"

    The video quickly went viral on social media.

    In other news, the CDC and state health officials are sounding the alarm because white people are getting vaccinated at higher rates than Black people.

    Data from 23 states shows that white Americans are being vaccinated at rates of up to three times higher than Black Americans.

    Despite the fear mongering about new virus “variants" and “mutations," Black people are wary of vaccination efforts in the Black community for a virus that has a lower death rate than the seasonal flu.
     

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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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    The Brooklyn Nets and the NBA league are investigating a video that shows Kyrie Irving partying maskless at his sister's birthday bash.

    General manager Sean Marks says the front office is reviewing video footage that shows Irving at a birthday party after he took a leave of absence from the team.

    Irving has not played in the last three games after taking a leave of absence for "personal reasons."

    Late Monday night, a video of Irving partying maskless with his sister, Asia, in a packed club began trending on social media.

    Typically, young Black adults do not wear face masks while partying in nightclubs, because their Covid-19 survival rate is 99.98% and nightclubs have not been proven to be "super spreader" events.

    On Tuesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported that the league began an investigation into the viral video even though Irving was off the clock and on leave.

    It's possible that Irving will have to quarantine, which could extend his absence from the team for another full week.

    Houston Rockets superstar James Harden also learned he was NBA chattel when he was fined $50,000 for partying off the clock while not wearing a mask.

    The league announced that Harden violated the NBA's COVID-19 protocols by not wearing a mask when he attended an indoor party late last year.

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    Bruce Willis was asked to leave an L.A. area pharmacy after he refused an employee's request to wear a mask.

    The macho "Die Hard" star was shopping inside a Los Angeles Rite Aid pharmacy on Monday when he was asked to put on a face mask and he refused.

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    A source told Page Six that other shoppers became upset that Willis, 65, wasn't wearing a mask -- despite having a bandana tied loosely around his neck as a fashion statement.

    Rather than pull up the bandana, Willis was photographed walking out of the store without making a purchase.

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    According to Page Six, Willis has spent much of 2020 quarantining with his ex-wife Demi Moore and their grown children, Scout, Rumer and Tallulah, at the family's compound in Idaho.

    Speculation swirled that Willis' marriage to wife Emma Heming was on the rocks because she chose to stay behind at the couple's home in Los Angeles with their minor children, Mabel and Evelyn.

    But Scout disputed the rumor, saying her half-sibling stepped on a hypodermic needle and required tests.

    "My stepmom had to be in LA waiting to get the results from taking her to the doctor," Scout said. "So, my dad came up here and then travel got crazy so my stepmom stayed in LA with my little sisters.

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    Earlier this month, a 15-second TikTok video featuring Sasha Obama made the rounds on social media (inset). In the video, former President Barack Obama's youngest daughter is seen partying and rapping with her friends like it's 1999.

    The bulk of the criticism was aimed at the 19-year-old for not wearing a mask or social distancing. It's as if the critics don't realize that masks and social distancing are not for Democrats and the wealthy who don't mask up or social distance when there are no cameras around.

    Sasha's video was quickly deleted after garnering over 1 million views.

    Last night, more videos surfaced of a young woman who appears to be Sasha O doing her thing without wearing PPE. In the latest video, Sasha is scantily clad, wearing excessive makeup, inch-long gel nails and a hand full of rings.

    19-year-old Sasha, who was enrolled at Harvard University before the 'rona hit, seems to be enjoying the attention after spending all of her childhood in the shadow of her older sister, Malia Obama.

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