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Dr. Fauci Had Doubts on a Mask Mandate. He's Reconsidering

Nation's top infectious disease expert says we may need to require masks as US sees record daily high

(Newser) - On Friday, the US reached what CNN calls a "harrowing milestone": the nation's highest daily count of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 83,010 cases recorded, per the COVID Tracking Project . Forbes notes that the previous one-day record was 76,842, recorded on July 17.... More »

County Hit by Surge Ends Mask Mandate

One official says it's not COVID-19 that's making people sick anyway

(Newser) - A health board in Idaho reacted to the news that the county's main hospital was out of room for new patients by throwing out the local face mask mandate. The Kootenai County board voted 4-3 Thursday to pull back to just a recommendation that residents wear masks to contain... More »

Chris Christie Speaks Out on His 'Serious Failure'

Former NJ governor regrets not wearing a mask at Rose Garden event, implores others to

(Newser) - Chris Christie is pushing for people to wear face masks, and he has good reason to push for them: He caught COVID-19 himself after attending the Rose Garden event last month for Amy Coney Barrett's nomination, and now he's regretting how lax he was about safety protocols. "... More »

Mayor Has Had Threats Before. 'This One Seemed Different'

Retired firefighter arrested after alleged plot to kidnap, murder Brandon Whipple of Wichita, Kan.

(Newser) - First Michigan's governor , then Virginia's , and now, the mayor of Kansas' largest city. The link between the three politicians: They've all been alleged targets of kidnapping and murder plots, apparently prompted by their respective lockdown orders and other health protocols during the pandemic. In the case of... More »

Berlin Ad Gets Explicit With Its COVID Mask Reminder

It depicts an elderly woman with her middle finger raised

(Newser) - Berliners and tourists to the city are getting an explicit reminder about the COVID-related rules that must be followed there. The Local reports Berlin's Senate Department for Economics, in partnership with Visit Berlin, on Tuesday released a new poster (see it here ) that shows a masked senior citizen... More »

'Gloomy' COVID Reporter Has a Change of Heart

Donald G. McNeil Jr. is 'cautiously optimistic' about what lies ahead

(Newser) - Since January, New York Times health reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. has been covering the pandemic, including American deaths and efforts to develop a vaccine years ahead of the fastest pace on record. All this has made him "a consistently gloomy Cassandra"—but halfway through October, he's... More »

White House Kills Biggest Mask Mandate Thus Far

A federal CDC mandate gets kicked to the curb

(Newser) - The White House has blocked an effort to require face masks on all forms of US commercial and public transportation, the New York Times reports. Two federal health officials say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote up an extensive order last month that would have forced all workers... More »

Where It Began: Team Debates Mask Rule for 'Sweet Caroline'

Videos of Panthers' victory celebrations raise concerns

(Newser) - Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said the team's coaches will be masked up for future victory celebrations in the locker room that include the singing of "Sweet Caroline." A decision on whether the players also must wear masks is under evaluation, the AP reports. The Panthers... More »

In Italy, Masks Are Now Mandatory Outdoors

Offenders face fines of more than $1K

(Newser) - Italy imposed a nationwide outdoor mask mandate Wednesday with fines of up to 1,000 euros ($1,163) for violators, as the European country where COVID-19 first hit hard scrambles to keep rebounding infections from spiraling out of control. The government passed the decree even though Italy’s overall per... More »

Trump Not the Only World Leader Not Wearing a Mask

Pope Francis seen kissing priests at Vatican event without mask on

(Newser) - Pope Francis is back giving out kisses without a mask as coronavirus cases rise across Italy. The 83-year-old—who lost part of a lung during a childhood illness—was seen kissing the hands of newly-ordained priests during a general audience in Vatican City on Wednesday, reports the Daily Beast . He... More »

Bar Customer, 80, Dies After Confronting Maskless Man

NY man was shoved to the ground

(Newser) - In a case the district attorney describes as "beyond sad," an 80-year-old bar patron was shoved to the ground and fatally injured after he confronted a fellow customer for not wearing a mask. Rocco Sapienza, a retired steelworker and former Marine, died from head trauma on Oct. 1,... More »

2 Women Lose Jobs Over Black Lives Matter Masks

One a teacher, one a Whataburger employee, both in Texas

(Newser) - A Texas art teacher was fired for refusing to adhere to the school's dress code—by continuing to wear her Black Lives Matter mask. Lillian White, 32, says the assistant headmaster at Great Hearts Western Hills, a public K-12 charter school, instructed her to stop wearing the mask because... More »

Woman Who Won't Wear Mask Gets Tased, Arrested

Alecia Kitts sparks local furor over mask incident

(Newser) - A woman was tased and arrested at her son's middle-school football game Wednesday after refusing to wear a face mask, CNN reports. Police say Alecia Kitts—who was sitting in the stands at Logan High School Stadium in Logan, Ohio—refused a school resource officer's request that she... More »

In NYC, a 'Most Precarious Moment' in the COVID Timeline

Parts of Queens, Brooklyn are seeing spike in cases; health dept. warns of possible shutdowns

(Newser) - New York City has been slowly reopening since June , with schools set to welcome back many in-person students next week and restaurants opening for indoor dining at the end of September, per Gothamist . But despite this staggered return to some form of normality, certain parts of the city are now... More »

NFL Hands Down $1M in Fines Over Face Masks

Head coaches for Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers now owe $100K each for not following safety protocols

(Newser) - A week after the NFL warned its coaches and teams about following proper safety protocols regarding COVID-19, the league has now handed down more than $1 million in fines, including to three head coaches. Sources tell ESPN that Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll, and... More »

With Nearly 1M Dead, Protesters Hit the Streets

Demonstrators make their voices heard in Tel Aviv, London, and Bucharest

(Newser) - Demonstrators took the streets of London, Tel Aviv, and other cities on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions, decrying how the measures have affected daily life even with infection rates rising in many places and the global death toll approaching 1 million, the AP reports. In the UK, the latest official... More »

Twisted Sister Singer Has Message for Anti-Maskers

Dee Snider calls their stunt 'moronic'

(Newser) - Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider took to social media to condemn anti-maskers who went into a Florida Target store blaring the group's hit "We're Not Gonna Take It" while ripping off their masks, the AP reports. In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt "moronic,"... More »

White House Reportedly Killed USPS Plan on Masks

5 per household were set to go out in April, but officials feared it would create panic

(Newser) - The Washington Post is out with a story about troubles at the US Postal Service, and one part in particular was getting a lot of attention. It seems that the USPS drafted a news release in April announcing that it planned to ship out 650 million face masks, or roughly... More »

Paul Rudd, Who Is Totally a Millennial, Says: Mask Up

Oh wait, he's 51

(Newser) - Paul Rudd, who still looks essentially the same as he did in Clueless , must be a millennial ... right? And as such, he is completely qualified to address his generation. Which is why New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the actor to issue a PSA about mask-wearing amid the coronavirus pandemic.... More »

Anti-Maskers Face a Spooky Punishment

Some have been forced to dig graves, sit in coffins in Indonesia

(Newser) - Indonesia is dealing out spooky punishments to anti-maskers, some of whom have been forced to dig graves, sit in coffins, and stay in "haunted" houses. "There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,... More »

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