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LG, makers of flat screen televisions and other electronics, has developed a high tech mask that moves air in and out more efficiently than a cloth mask.

The death toll for the coronavirus is well below 1% in the United States. Despite this, millions of Americans are required to wear face masks or face coverings.

For many Americans, face masks are not an option due to health, personal and political reasons. In lieu of wearing masks, they wash their hands and avoid touching their faces.

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The battery-operated LG PuriCare mask debuted at a consumer electronics trade show in Berlin last week. The air purifier mask has built-in fans and replaceable H13 HEPA filters.

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A respiratory sensor detects how much air the wearer inhales and exhales and adjusts the fans accordingly.

The air purifier mask is large and bulky and the air intake fans may be annoying for autists who are noise intolerant.

LG Electronics doesn't make any claims that the mask will block the virus 100%. The Covid-19 viral particles are extremely tiny and can easily pass through disposable face masks and ventilator masks.

The air purifier mask simply makes breathing easier for those who feel safer wearing a mask but have difficulty breathing through disposable masks.

The LG PuriCare masks are not available to consumers yet. LG must secure regulatory approval from many governments before the masks go to market.

LG recently donated 2,000 units to a hospital in Seoul, Korea.
 

 

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Kamala Harris clarified Joe Biden's national face mask mandate that he plans to put in place if he is elected president in November.

Biden, who is campaigning from his beach house in Delaware, has previously said he will order a nationwide mask mandate if he is elected.

But the former vice president's running mate says the Democrats' plan for a national mask mandate is "a standard" and no one will be punished for not wearing one.

"It's a standard," she said in a sit-down interview Today's Craig Melvin. "I mean nobody is going to be punished. Come on"

Harris admitted mask-wearing isn't fun, saying, "Nobody likes to wear a mask. This is a universal feeling, right? So that's not the point - 'hey, let's enjoy wearing masks,'" she said. "No, the point of this is that we are responsible people who love our neighbor, we have to just do that right now."

"God willing, it won't be forever," she added.

But all indications are that the mandate will go into effect if Biden is elected president. The Democrats' are pushing face mask mandates at least until vaccines are available, which is expected to be in the 1st quarter of 2021.

Harris also explained she and Biden plan to campaign together during the weakening pandemic.

"You know, Joe, that's one of the things that he and I have in common. We love to interact with people," she said.

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Harris said she and Biden plan to campaign "in every way that we can in a way that will be safe for the people we are meeting with, right?"

"It would be irresponsible of us to try and pack people into a situation where they cannot safely social distance," she said.

She seemed to be referring to President Donald Trump's packed RNC speech on Thursday night, where 1,500 invited guests mingled on the White House's South Lawn.

Very few RNC attendees wore face masks or social distanced.

"And that's one of the problems, frankly, with the way Donald Trump conducts himself," Harris continued. "Because it really, it appears to be more about the people around him and himself, doing what is necessary to feed his ego, as opposed to what is necessary to feed the needs of the American people."

Biden also commented on Trump's packed RNC speeches on a fundraising call from the comfort of his beach home on Thursday evening.

Biden said the Democratic ticket wants to campaign in-person in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Arizona after Labor Day, which is next weekend.

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Biden, who has been dubbed "The Manchurian candidate" by some on social media, said if he and Harris do travel, there would not be "irresponsible rallies" like Trump's well-attended events.

"I'm a tactile politician," he said. "I really miss being able to, you know, grab hands, shake hands, you can't do that now."

"We're going to do it in a way that is totally consistent with being responsible, unlike what this guy's doing," Biden said of Trump. "He's on the White House lawn tonight, first of all, violating the Hatch Act, virtually throwing every major rule in the dustbin."

"So what we're working on is how I get out. I'm going to be traveling throughout the country where I can do it consistent with the state rules about how many people can be assembled," Biden said.

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Sharon Stone blames "non-mask wearers" for infecting her beloved sister with Covid-19. Stone made the allegations in an emotional Instagram post on Saturday, as she revealed her family's battle with the coronavirus.

The Basic Instinct star took to social media to share a picture taken from her sibling Kelly Stone's hospital room.

In the caption, Sharon explained that her sister, who already has lupus, contracted the coronavirus after a trip to the pharmacy. It is assumed her sister was wearing a face mask and still contracted the virus anyway.
 

"My sister Kelly, who already has lupus, now has Covid-19," she wrote. "This is her hospital room. One of you Non-Mask wearers did this. She does not have an immune system. The only place she went was the pharmacy. There is no testing in her county unless you are symptomatic, & then it's 5 day wait for results. Can YOU FACE THIS ROOM ALONE? Wear a mask! For yourself and others. Please."

In a separate video shared to her Instagram page on Sunday, Sharon revealed that Kelly's husband Bruce is also fighting Covid-19 in the same hospital as his wife, and that her grandmother and godmother both lost their lives to the coronavirus.

"I posted about my sister being in the hospital in a Covid room and that she has lupus and she's fighting for her life," the tearful 62-year-old actress said.

"I didn't let you know that her husband Bruce is also in a Covid room in the same ward fighting for his life. And that they stayed at home as long as they could. I want to tell you a little bit about why.

"In Montana where they live you can't get tested unless you're symptomatic and then you don't get your test results for five days. Also the people that they came in contact with, like my mother - who has had two heart attacks, five stents and a pacemaker in the last five months, couldn't get a test because she wasn't symptomatic, even though she could have been the asymptomatic contact that gave them Covid...

"They keep telling you that the risks are so small and that you might not die and that it will be fine but I'm telling you what is going on with my family. My grandmother died of Covid and my godmother died of Covid. My sister and her husband are fighting for their lives and my sister is not doing well."

Sharon concluded her powerful video by urging her followers to vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, alongside vice president hopeful Kamala Harris, explaining that the countries where women are in power have fared better during the pandemic.

There are only 82 Covid-related deaths reported in Montana this year.

Watch Sharon Stone's video below.
 

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Joe Biden on Thursday called for an immediate nationwide mask mandate for the next three months.

"Every American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months at a minimum," Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, after he and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, left their Covid-19 briefing with health experts.

Both Biden and Harris emerged from their briefing wearing black face masks.

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Biden said he would mandate face masks nationwide if he was president. He cited health experts who predict a nationwide mask mandate would save 40,000 lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Democratic nominee called on every governor to mandate face masks until the November election. "Let's institute a mask mandate nationwide, starting immediately and we will save lives," he said.

He urged Americans to "be a patriot" and wear the masks.

Biden said he hoped President Donald Trump "learned the lesson" but he added a mask mandate is not about politics.

Some pundits believe Biden called for mandatory face masks until the election to boost mail-in voting.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci backed President Trump's demands for in-person voting, saying, "there is no reason we can't have in-person voting."

Fauci said voting at polling stations is okay if guidelines are observed.

Meanwhile, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp dropped his lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, saying he would address the issue of mandatory face masks in his next executive order.

Kemp sued Bottoms in federal court after she mandated face masks in the city of Atlanta.

"Unfortunately, the mayor has made it clear that she will not agree to a settlement that safeguards the rights of private property owners in Georgia," Kemp said. "Given this stalemate in negotiations, we will address this issue in the next executive order. We will continue to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians."

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced police will begin issuing citations to residents who refuse to wear face masks. Turner announced the new directive during a press briefing on Monday.

"For months, we have been focusing on education and not citations, but now I am instructing the Houston Police Department to issue the necessary warnings and citations to anyone not wearing a mask in public if they do not meet the criteria for an exemption," the mayor said.

The citation comes with a $250 fine, Turner tweeted on Monday.

"Lives are at stake, so I am taking this step to save lives and slow the virus from spreading in the month of August," he wrote.

Police said they would not responds to 911 calls reporting people not wearing face masks, but they would issue citations if they see someone out and about with a face covering.

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Turner asked residents not to "get mad" at police officers doing their jobs. "It's all about public health and driving our numbers down," he said.

Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, suggested people wear face masks inside their homes to protect elderly parents or grandparents.

President Trump said he will mobilize the U.S. military to distribute Covid-19 vaccines when they become available.

Trump's announcement prompted his supporters to question their loyalty to him.

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Mask hysteria is bringing out the worst in people who believe it is their duty to police free-thinking citizens who choose not to wear a mask.

A viral video on Twitter.com shows a white male "Karen" assaulting a Black man for not wearing a mask.

When the customer pushed back, the man began screaming, "WTF? You assaulted me. Call 911! He assaulted me! Do NOT give him his food!"

After the shop keeper handed the customer his pizza, the male Karen destroyed a display case. "You shouldn't have done that. He assaulted me!" the man yelled, before leaving the store to pursue the customer.

Twitter users noted that the man wasn't wearing his own mask correctly. Nor was he practicing social distancing.

"He's screaming call 911 while holding a phone," tweeted @TPostMillennial. "Man, those masks really do keep oxygen from reaching the brain. And so guess that display case pushing isn't violence either."

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A group of doctors are holding a "White Coat Summit" on Capitol Hill to address the "massive disinformation campaign" about the coronavirus to which "American life has fallen casualty."

President Donald J. Trump is applauded by physicians as he signs a series of Executive Orders on lowering drug prices on Friday, July 24, 2020, at the White House.

The doctors criticize "so-called experts", news media outlets and celebrities for engaging in misinformation that holds Americans hostage and threatens the constitution.

According to the events' website, "the purpose of the inaugural White Coat Summit is to empower Americans to stop living in fear."

"If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease," the doctors said on the event's information page.

Panels will present discussions on Schools Reopening; Real Facts Behind the Virus, Identifying Hoaxes; Fear; Medical Cancel Culture, and Follow the Money.

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Millions of Americans, such as Reginae Carter, daughter of rapper Lil Wayne, are forced to wear face masks, despite studies in the Journal of American Medicine that show face masks do not block or slow down viruses.

Face masks are worn by doctors to prevent the transfer of bacteria, not a virus, which is 1000 times smaller than a single bacteria. A virus can easily pass through a mask.

The White Coat Summit begins Monday, July 27, at 8:30 a.m.

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A detailed New York Times map shows where masks are being worn most in the United States.

The map was created from 250,000 survey responses and reflect the behavior patterns, political affiliations, peer pressure and the footprint of the coronavirus.

You are most likely to see all 5 people wearing masks in five random encounters in states where face masks or face coverings are mandatory.

According to The NY Times, the chances of all five people wearing masks in five random encounters are almost non-existent in states where the coronavirus rates are low.

At least 45 states require face masks to be worn in public or indoors in public places.

You are least likely to see all 5 people wearing masks in 5 random encounters in states where masks are not mandated - such as Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

About 59% of respondents in the U.S. say they wear a mask whenever they leave home. Compare that to 92% of people who wear masks in the Philippines and 85% of respondents in Mexico.

The next highest percentage of mask wearers in the world are Spain (84%), Hong Kong, Italy and Thailand (83%), Japan and Malaysia (77%), Vietnam (71%), and Germany (63%) followed by the U.S. (59%).

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Respondents who are majority mask-free when leaving home include the U.K. (19%), Australia (10%), Netherlands (9%), and Norway (4%).

Residents of Denmark, Finland and Sweden (where coronavirus cases are very low) rarely wear face masks.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp banned face mask ordinances in the state, saying face masks can't be enforced in any city or county in the state.

Kemp, a Republican, signed a new executive order on Wednesday night extending his previous EO after the state experienced a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

The new order keeps in place restrictions on public gatherings of 50 or more people.

The new order extends social distancing and shelter in place guidelines for nursing home patients and medically fragile.

But Kemp prohibited face mask mandates, saying face mask laws are "too restrictive" and violate the individual rights of healthy people who choose not to wear one.

While lawmakers such as Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in Atlanta have mandated face masks in their cities and counties, Gov. Kemp said the mask ordinances can not be enforced, meaning citizens who don't wear face masks will not be cited or fined.

Mayor Bottoms announced she contracted the virus - despite wearing face masks for months.

Studies have shown face masks increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus because people repeatedly touch their faces.

Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams slammed Kemp as "incompetent", while the mayor of Savannah lashed out at Kemp, saying "He does not give a damn about us."

"Every man and woman for himself/herself," said Savannah Mayor Van Jonson, a Democrat. "Ignore the science and survive the best you can. In #Savannah, we will continue to keep the faith and follow the science. Masks will continue to be available!”

There were nearly 4,000 "confirmed cases" of coronavirus in Georgia and almost 2,800 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19.

But some residents on Twitter complained that their loved ones are being tested "multiple times" - with each positive test counted as a new case.
 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is furious that President Trump didn't wear a face mask while visiting her city on Wednesday.

Trump, who wore a face mask for the first time while visiting Walter Reed military hospital in D.C. over the weekend, did not wear one during his visit to the UPS hub at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Earlier this month, Mayor Bottoms, who is not a medical doctor, signed an executive order requiring masks or face coverings in public spaces.

Bottoms, who wore face masks and practiced social distancing for months, also revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 and showed no symptoms.

Wearing a mask didn't protect the mayor or her husband from contracting the virus.

Speaking to MSNBC following Trump's visit on Wednesday, Mayor Bottoms said:

"Well, Donald Trump is actually violating the law as he stands on our tarmac without a mask. The city of Atlanta owns and operates Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest in the world and in Atlanta, our city controlled assets, we have a mandate that you should have on a mask. I am very glad to see that the others on the tarmac are following the law in Atlanta but it's not surprising to me that Donald Trump is once again breaking it."

Scientists are divided over the effectiveness of wearing non-surgical grade face masks or cloth coverings outside of a clinical setting.

Until May, experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, discouraged people from wearing masks because face masks may actually increase the likelihood of healthy people contracting the coronavirus.

This is because people who are not trained to wear face masks continuously touch their faces while pulling the masks on and off.

Research shows proper hand washing and not touching your face reduces the spread of virus.

A recent study of patients who tested positive for coronavirus shows the virus was not detected in droplets of people who were breathing normally or speaking.

The virus was barely detected in the saliva droplets of patients who coughed forcefully. The study proved that the virus is not spread by people who are asymptomatic (not coughing or sneezing).
 

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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.