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CDC officials warned of "impending doom" as thousands of maskless Spring Breakers continue to descend on Miami and more states have reopened.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, choked back tears as she warned of "impending doom" in an effort to prevent a fourth Covid-19 surge.

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Despite over 150 million Americans receiving vaccine injections, Dr. Walensky said the United States surpassed 30 million cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

"I'm speaking today not necessarily as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer... Right now, I'm scared," she said in a video statement.

She added that the U.S. saw a 10 percent increase in new cases compared with the previous week. Additionally, hospitalizations have increased and deaths are starting to rise.

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CDC officials discouraged "nonessential travel" and encouraged mask-wearing and social distancing to stop the spread of the virus and its dangerous variants.

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But their warnings fell on deaf ears in Florida, where Spring break continues uninterrupted. Governors in other states have relaxed Covid-19 restrictions and reopened their states.

Watch Dr. Walensky's video below.
 

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter and her husband, rapper Jay Z, attended a Grammys after party at Di Girogio Baldi restaurant after she made Grammy history as the winningest woman on Sunday night.

Beyonce almost triggered a cancel culture meltdown on social media when she arrived at the restaurant without a face covering.

California still has draconian Covid-19 restrictions such as face mask mandates in place -- and violation can result in a fine of $1,000.

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When someone reminded Beyonce of the face mask laws, she covered her mouth and nose with her hand -- as her frantic assistant rushed to get her a mask.

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The assistant helped Beyonce put on her face mask because Jay Z refused to let go of her hand. How adorable is that?

The 39-year-old fashion plate wore a custom silver metallic Burberry ensemble featuring nail head mesh embroidery, a crystal-embellished corset bodice and a matching head wrap with a sheer veil covering her face, according to PEOPLE.

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Beyoncé paired the metallic outfit with platform heels and over 50 carats of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds.

Her husband, 51, dressed casually in a black hoodie, a black trench coat and sunglasses.

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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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Legendary rapper Bun B called out Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott for reopening the entire state and lifting mask mandates.

Gov. Abbott sparked outrage on Tuesday when he announced he was ending Covid-19 restrictions and lifting the mask mandate.

Abbott said all businesses in the state will reopen fully by March 10.

Many praised the governor for his courage and bravery, but Bun B and others expressed outrage and fear that the Covid-19 death rate would escalate despite the availability of Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Bun B wrote on Instagram: "This is bat sh*t crazy @govabbott and you know it. As if you didn't already have enough blood on your hands. SMFH."

The rapper referred to Gov. Abbott's response to the recent winter storms that knocked out power to millions of residents and resulted in dozens of deaths.

Bun B took a disrespectful tone, stating Gov. Abbott is "not even Worried bout the people..... He Gotta Get Up Out Of Office... @governorabbott."

Meanwhile, Joe Biden criticized Abbott and other governors who chose to reopen their states and lift mask mandates. Biden called the decision "Neanderthal thinking."

Gov. Abbott struck back on Twitter by accusing the president of "recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas communities."

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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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    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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    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.