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Carlson Does a 180, Blasts Masks as 'Bizarre Health Theater'

Fox News host, who once said social distancing, other virus safety measures work, changes tune

(Newser) - A lot can change in three months. For Tucker Carlson, that change has come in the form of a big reversal on coronavirus safety measures. In a segment Tuesday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Fox News host was discussing the topic of schools reopening amid the pandemic, rueing the fact... More »

After Flight, Senator Slams Airline: 'Incredibly Irresponsible'

Trip on American spurs Jeff Merkley to introduce bill keeping middle seats from being filled in pandemic

(Newser) - Jeff Merkley flew on American Airlines last week, and he wasn't happy with how his flight went—specifically, on how crowded it was in the midst of the pandemic. "How many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour,... More »

Singers Take Heat After Concerts

Other artists criticize Chase Rice and Chris Janson for performances where few fans wore masks

(Newser) - Country singers Chase Rice and Chris Janson are getting an earful after performances Saturday before packed crowds—with few fans wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Chase Rice, whose concert was in Tennessee, posted video showing fans pushed up against each other in front of the stage.... More »

Cops: Woman Coughed in Baby's Face After Arguing With Mom

Suspect was 'upset about social distancing'

(Newser) - Police in San Jose are searching for a woman accused of deliberately coughing in a baby's face after arguing with the 1-year-old's mother about social distancing. Police spokesman Enrique Garcia says the suspect, a white woman in her 60s, removed her face mask, got close to the baby'... More »

In This State, the Virus Is 'Spreading Like Wildfire'

Arizona has become the new COVID hot spot

(Newser) - As states start to reopen amid the pandemic, there's a red flag rising out of the Southwest. Business Insider reports the coronavirus outbreak "is going very badly" in Arizona, with more than 4,400 new cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in the state... More »

Fauci Has a Word About the 'Second Wave'

And researchers offer a stern word about mask-wearing

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci issued a word of calm Friday as coronavirus case numbers spiked across several US states. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said on CNN the latest uptick may not be the "second spike" many fear, but "when you start to see... More »

'Huge Step in the Right Direction' From CDC on Virus

Agency finally posts guidelines for Americans on how to minimize COVID-19 risk as we reopen

(Newser) - Take the stairs, not the elevator, down from your hotel room. Encourage people to bring their own food and drinks to your cookout. Use hand sanitizer after banking at an ATM. Call ahead to restaurants and nail salons to make sure staff are wearing face coverings. And no high-fives—or... More »

Barhop in the Ozarks Last Weekend? So Did COVID Patient

One Missouri partyer has tested positive for virus, and was 'possibly infectious' while at bars

(Newser) - Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks made headlines across the nation as crowds converged over Memorial Day weekend and ignored social distancing guidelines. Now there's bad news for one of those partyers, per CNN . On Friday, the Camden County Health Department announced it had been informed that a Boone... More »

Switzerland to Sex Workers: You'll Need to Social Distance

Nation gives OK to prostitutes but still prohibits judo, boxing, wrestling, ballroom dancing

(Newser) - If you're a sex worker in Switzerland, you'll soon be back in business. If you're a judo, ballroom dancing, or boxing aficionado, you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bloomberg reports that the country's legal prostitution industry will be permitted to reopen on... More »

CDC Calls for Major Changes to America's Offices

Guidelines call for face masks, desk dividers

(Newser) - Millions of American workers will be returning to offices in the months to come—but employers may decide to keep millions more working from home instead of trying to comply with new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency's guidance on reopening office buildings contains... More »

Attendees of 'Zero Ducks Given' Pool Party Told to Quarantine

Missouri health officials call out 'reckless behavior' over Memorial Day weekend

(Newser) - Anyone who failed to keep distance at a crowded pool party in Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend is being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Public health officials in St. Louis County issued an advisory on Monday, noting "recent news reports indicate that many... More »

One Week Could Have Made Big Difference in Deaths

Study suggests 36K fewer people would have died in US if guidelines went into effect earlier

(Newser) - The number of COVID-19 deaths in the US is nearing 100,000, but a new study suggests the figure would be dramatically lower if widespread social-distancing measures went into effect just one week earlier than they did, reports the New York Times . The study out of Columbia University estimates that... More »

Scientists Suggest '50/30' Approach to Reopening

As in 50 days of lockdown, followed by 30 days of easing, in a continuous cycle

(Newser) - As the world tries to figure out the right balance of safety vs. normalcy in reopening after the pandemic, a team of international researchers is suggesting a model: 50 days of strict lockdown, followed by 30 days of easing, in a continuous loop. This turned out to be the best... More »

It Was a Whiplash Day for Oregon on Virus Restrictions

After judge tosses the restrictions, state's top court halts that decision

(Newser) - The Oregon Supreme Court late Monday halted a rural judge's order earlier in the day that had tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff had ruled that Brown erred by not seeking the Legislature’s approval to extend the... More »

Virus Puts New Twist on the 'Micro-Wedding'

Couples are opting for few guests (or none) in social distancing event known as a 'minimony'

(Newser) - Couples trying to salvage weddings put on hold by the coronavirus are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal industry: the "minimony." Rather than wait, they're getting hitched alone or with a few local loved ones looking on at a safe social distance as other guests join... More »

The County Was Cleared to Reopen. Then Came the Rodeo

They should have held their horses

(Newser) - The reopening of Shasta County, California has been delayed because thousands of residents attended a rodeo before the coronavirus had been corralled. Authorities say the county had met the state's criteria for a Stage 2 reopening—which would have allowed retail stores, dine-in restaurants, and other businesses to reopen—... More »

Eatery Flouts State Order, Says It's 'Standing for America'

Castle Rock restaurant was packed on Mother's Day, despite statewide health order

(Newser) - The day before Mother's Day, a Colorado eatery declared on Twitter , "We are standing for America, small businesses, the Constitution and against the overreach of our governor in Colorado!!" On Sunday, it became clear what C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock meant: It reopened for... More »

Musk: 'Tesla Will Now Move'

Tesla's CEO says he's moving the company headquarters 'to Texas/Nevada immediately'

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened Saturday to pull the company’s factory and headquarters out of California in an escalating spat with local officials who have stopped the company from reopening its electric vehicle factory, the AP reports. On Twitter, Musk also threatened to sue over Alameda County Health Department... More »

Ted Cruz Moves Salon Owner to Tears

The Texas senator supports Shelley Luther, who was jailed for nearly 2 days

(Newser) - Most haircuts are just haircuts—but not this one. On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz visited a North Texas salon whose owner had spent nearly 48 hours in jail for breaking the state's stay-at-home order. "We're thrilled to be with you and know the whole State of Texas... More »

Think Flying Was Bad Before? Try Flying During Pandemic

'Surreal' and 'dystopian,' writes McKay Coppins, who detailed his experience for the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - "Why did I think flying would be easy right now?" That was the question a frustrated McKay Coppins asked himself late last month when he took his first flight since the pandemic shut down the US. As he documents for the Atlantic , Coppins was initially excited at the thought... More »

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