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  • Going maskless during COVID-19 emergency isn’t a free-speech right, court rules

    02/09/2024 10:25:34 PM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 47 replies
    State of the Union ^ | Feb 9, 2024 | Andrew Rodriguez
    The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the argument that refusing to wear face masks at school board meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak constitutes protected speech under the First Amendment. The court ruled on cases involving individuals who claimed retaliation by school boards for not wearing masks at public meetings. The court emphasized that disobeying a masking requirement does not fall under protected speech, comparing it to other forms of non-compliance with the law. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, “A question shadowing suits such as these is whether there is a First Amendment right to refuse to wear...
  • Not wearing a mask during COVID-19 health emergency isn’t a free speech right, appeals court says

    02/07/2024 9:03:20 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 75 replies
    abcnews.go ^ | 02/06/2024 | MIKE CATALINI
    TRENTON, N.J. -- A federal appeals court shot down claims Monday that New Jersey residents' refusal to wear face masks at school board meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak constituted protected speech under the First Amendment. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in two related cases stemming from lawsuits against officials in Freehold and Cranford, New Jersey. The suits revolved around claims that the plaintiffs were retaliated against by school boards because they refused to wear masks during public meetings. In one of the suits, the court sent the case back to a lower court for consideration. In...
  • Florida COVID grand jury releases findings, says Biden administration stonewalled efforts

    02/04/2024 4:17:58 AM PST · by EVO X · 15 replies
    Florida's Voice ^ | Feb. 2, 2024 | Eric Daugherty
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 22nd Statewide Grand Jury on Friday released its first interim report a little more than a year after Gov. Ron DeSantis petitioned its formation. While the governor was primely targeting COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers and their advertisement of vaccine efficacy, the first report drew conclusions mainly on lockdowns and masks, and the grand jury said the issue of the vaccines was far more nuanced and could not be answered in a “vacuum.” It also said that the Biden administration did not cooperate with efforts to obtain testimony from officials representing agencies like the CDC, FDA and U.S....
  • Americans are losing trust in almost every major profession, with doctors and police taking the biggest hits

    02/01/2024 5:04:51 PM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    Blaze News ^ | FEBRUARY 01, 2024 | ANDREW CHAPADOS
    Americans have lost trust in some of the most important roles in a society, including those in the medical industry, teaching, and especially positions of institutional power. A Gallup poll in Honesty and Ethics conducted at the end of 2023 asked 800 respondents to rate the ethical standards of and their overall trust in a series of professions. "How you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields?" the survey asked. In terms of "very high" trust, all professions but one took a hit compared to previous years. The poll measured the downward trends dating...
  • COVID ‘failures’ like keeping schools closed led to ‘eye-wateringly’ high death rates, damning report reveals

    01/31/2024 9:31:05 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 01/31/2024 | Melissa Koenig
    Doctors have released a damning new report on America’s “failures” during the COVID pandemic, revealing that keeping schools closed for longer than necessary and forcing people to mask outside led the country to experience “eye-wateringly high” death rates compared to other first-world nations. Duke University professor Gavin Yamey and Drexel University professor Ana Roux said the pandemic “failures began at the top” with poor communication from the federal government, which demonstrated a “surprising inability to generate reliable information, communicate it in a timely and consistent manner and translate it into sound policy.”
  • 3 Big Covid Whoppers Fauci Confessed To Congress This Week

    01/13/2024 4:23:36 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    Federalist ^ | JANUARY 12, 2024 | Pierre Kory, MD
    Fauci confirmed many of the worst fears of those in the medical community who spoke out during his reign of terror... If Dr. Anthony Fauci thought retiring from his nearly-half-a-million dollar government position would end questions about his disastrous policymaking, he was sorely mistaken. This week, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases faced tough questions from the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, and his answers confirmed many of the worst fears of those in the medical community who spoke out during his reign of terror. Although his 14-hour testimony was behind closed...
  • Dr. Fauci Testifies About COVID [semi-satire]

    01/13/2024 11:23:59 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 January 2024 | John Semmens
    In testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic this week Dr. Anthony Fauci dazzled the committee members with his arrogance and dissimulation. In response to a question by committee chairman Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) about the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)--a government agency that Fauci directed from 1984 to 2022--issuing grants for "gain-of-function" (i.e., how to make viruses more deadly) research on COVID, Fauci replied "I signed off on every foreign and domestic NIAID grant without reviewing any of the proposals. So, I have no specific knowledge concerning what type of research was funded."...
  • With COVID, flu and RSV surging, when and where should you wear a mask?

    01/10/2024 11:49:05 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 41 replies
    nbcsandiego ^ | 01/09/2024 | Sarah Jacoby
    The new year is kicking off with a spike in respiratory illnesses across the U.S., including COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus. Considering all the circulating illnesses right now, it might be time for masking to make a comeback, experts say. "We're certainly in the winter peak of respiratory viruses," Dr. Albert Ko, professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Yale School of Public Health, tells A post-holiday COVID spike alongside upticks of the usual winter illnesses, like flu and RSV, make this surge "very much expected," he adds. Amid this rise in the spread of illnesses, mask mandates...
  • Spain considers nationwide hospital mask rule, as flu, COVID hit Europe

    01/08/2024 11:51:06 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/08/2023 | Reuters
    MADRID, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Spain's government proposed a nationwide mandate for people to wear masks in hospitals and health clinics on Monday, and Italy said respiratory illness infection rates had hit a record, as flu and COVID spread across Europe. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control recommended that people on the continent stay home if they feel sick, and consider wearing masks in crowds or healthcare settings, with flu spreading as it typically does this time of year but hitting some countries harder than others. It said Europeans should follow national guidelines on vaccinating vulnerable groups. Flu...
  • St. Louis backs off mask mandate for city workers

    01/05/2024 2:03:40 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 7 replies
    stltoday ^ | 01/05/2024 | Austin Huguelet
    ST. LOUIS — City Hall ended a renewed mask mandate for city workers Friday afternoon, just hours after putting it into place. City spokesman Nick Dunne said in a press release that the health department now just "strongly recommends" employees mask up indoors, citing a recent rise in reports of respiratory illnesses in the region. The turnabout followed confusion about the numbers the health department cited to support the mandate, predictable outrage from conservative talk radio, and a lukewarm reception from employees at City Hall, some of whom noted that visitors weren’t required to mask up as well.
  • Flu Spike Triggers Calls For Face Mask Return

    01/05/2024 1:15:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 04 Jan 2024 | John Ensor
    Rise In Flu Cases Sparks Call For Face Mask Recall Patient and doctor wearing face masks. Credit: Yuganov Konstantin/ AS Spain wrestles with the resurgence of respiratory illnesses, doctors are requesting that face masks be mandatory in primary care. In light of the escalating flu cases, similar to pre-pandemic levels, the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semFYC) has urged the reinstatement of mandatory masks in Primary Care centres. In late December, Spain experienced a significant increase in respiratory illnesses, including flu, COVID-19, and bronchiolitis, impacting Primary Care and emergency hospital services. This surge in cases has led to...
  • Massachusetts Healthcare System Kicks off the New Year with Masks

    01/02/2024 10:39:18 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/02/2024 | HANNAH BLEAU KNUDSEN
    A major Massachusetts healthcare system is kicking off the new year with mask mandates for some staffers in their facilities. As of January 2, 2024, healthcare staff that interacts directly with patients will now be required to mask up. According to an October 31 press release from Mass General Brigham, respiratory illness season officially starts when over 1.9 percent of patients “presenting to emergency departments or outpatient clinics have symptoms of respiratory illness.” However, when that percentage reaches 2.85 percent, certain mask mandates automatically go into place.
  • Pandemic Forever: L.A. County Reinstates Health Care Facility Mask Mandate

    12/31/2023 7:35:28 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/31/2023 | Joel B Pollack
    Los Angeles County has reinstated a mask mandate for all patients and staff at health care facilities heading into 2024, as a winter surge in coronavirus cases has reached key benchmarks. Local ABC affiliate KABC-7 reported Saturday: “Over the past week in Los Angeles County, there have been notable, yet not unexpected, increases in COVID-19 reported cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement. “While recent increases are significant, they remain considerably below last winter’s peak and common-sense protections are strongly recommended to help curb transmission and severe illness as the new...
  • COVID Mask Mandates Return to Hospitals in Five States

    12/29/2023 12:55:21 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 39 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12/29/2023 | Aliss Higham
    Hospitals across the U.S. are reinstating COVID-19 mask mandates as the JN.1 variant becomes the dominant strain spreading throughout the country. Hospitals in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Washington D.C. have all brought back divisive rules meaning masks are mandatory for selected people in medical settings. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has recorded a 10.4 percent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations across America in the week leading up to December 16. There has been an increase of 3.4 percent in deaths related to coronavirus in the same period. Newsweek has contacted the CDC for comment via email. Mask...
  • COVID Mask Mandates Return Across US Hospitals

    12/28/2023 8:55:05 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 12/28/2023 | Jack Phillips
    Hospitals in places across the United States have reimplemented mask mandates because of what officials say is an uptick in COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. For example, the NYC Health + Hospitals—officially the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation that operates public hospitals and clinics in New York City—announced that mask mandates will be reimplemented at its hospitals. "Due to an uptick in respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, flu & RSV in our communities & our hospital, we must return to mandatory masking. Please wear a mask when you visit us!" the hospital operator wrote on X, formerly known as...
  • COVID Fear Monger Taylor Lorenz Skips Christmas, Blames 'Selfish' People Who Don't Wear Masks

    12/24/2023 5:54:14 PM PST · by lightman · 71 replies ^ | 24 December A.D. 2023 | Sarah Arnold
    Washington Post crybaby and COVID advocate Taylor Lorenz is skipping her fourth Christmas because of "selfish people" who refuse to wear masks against a non-life threatening virus. Lorenz has labeled herself "disabled" due to an "illness" that puts her at a higher risk of contracting COVID. However, I think her "illness" is more along the lines of a radical Leftist disease that clouds her common sense abilities. She also claims she has "PTSD" from online "harassment." "Literally, what is the plan for high-risk/medically vulnerable and disabled people? Just let us die while the world marches on??" Lorenz wrote in an...
  • As 2023 holidays dawn, face masks have settled in as an occasional feature of the American landscape

    12/23/2023 11:26:59 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/16/23 | DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press
    NEW YORK -- The scene: A crowded shopping center in the weeks before Christmas. Or a warehouse store. Or maybe a packed airport terminal or a commuter train station or another place where large groups gather. There are people — lots of people. But look around, and it's clear one thing is largely absent these days: face masks. Yes, there's the odd one here and there, but nothing like it was three years ago at the dawn of the COVID pandemic's first winter holidays — an American moment of contentiousness, accusation and scorn on both sides of the mask...
  • States trashing tons of masks, other pandemic gear as huge stockpiles linger

    12/20/2023 6:20:34 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    KTLA ^ | Dec 20, 2023 | The Associated Press
    When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in an unprepared U.S., states scrambled for masks and other protective gear. Three years later, as the grips of the pandemic have loosened, many states are now trying to deal with an excess of protective gear, ditching their supplies in droves. With expiration dates passing and few requests to tap into its stockpile, Ohio auctioned off 393,000 gowns for just $2,451 and ended up throwing away another 7.2 million, along with expired masks, gloves and other materials. The now expiring supplies had cost about $29 million in federal money
  • The COVID guide: Everything to know about the current state of variants, masking, vaccines and more

    12/04/2023 1:44:56 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 21 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/01/2023 | Rebecca Corey
    Here’s a guide for everything you need to know about COVID-19 — from variant- and case-tracking to the most up-to-date public health recommendations. Variants What COVID variant is dominant right now? HV.1 now accounts for nearly a third of cases nationwide — more than any other variant in the U.S. A member of the Omicron family of COVID variants, HV.1 was first detected over the summer and appears to share many of the symptoms we’ve come to know from other variants, including fever, cough, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. EG.5, nicknamed Eris, has...
  • VIDEO: Walking Down Mask Mandate Mania Memory Lane

    12/04/2023 8:50:52 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    Rumble ^ | December 4, 2023 | DUmmie FUnnies
    VIDEOWe now know that not only did masks FAIL to stop the spread of Covid but they also are harmful to those wearing them. So what was the REAL reason for the mask mandates? Control. The people on San Marcos were ordered to wear their underwear on the outside for the purpose of government control and most of the rest of the world was mandated to wear masks for the same reason. Control. Oh, and also for Virtue Signaling. We can't forget that.