Florida Restaurants 100% Open & Super Bowl Stadium Will Be Full

Florida sign Yes we're open

On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order permitting restaurants and bars to start running at 100 percent capacity immediately. 

The step suggests that the state is transitioning into reopening phase 3. In terms of what local governments can do to limit operations, the order handles restaurants and bars differently. 

"There would be no restrictions," he said, from the state of Florida. 

DeSantis said that he completely expects the state in February to host a "full stadium Super Bowl." It's The Super Bowl.

florida super bowl stadium full.jpg

"We're anticipating a complete Super Bowl, and we're going to prove that we can do that," he said. 

If a local government Covid-19 emergency order limiting restaurant to less than 100% of its indoor capacity but above 50%, the government must explain why the limitation is necessary for public health and quantify the economic impact of the limits.

"If a local (government) restricts between 50 and 100, they've got to provide the justification and they've got to identify what the costs are involved with doing that is," DeSantis said.

"Every business has a right to operate... you can’t just say 'no' after six months and have people twisting in the wind,” he said.

The order also bars cities and counties from ordering restaurants to close, unless they can justify a closure for economic or health reasons.

Mayor Jerry Demings of Orange County said he was surprised that he did not know about DeSantis' executive order until Friday's press conference. 

"As we deal with this pandemic, everything happens at a local level, this is where the rubber meets the road. And in order for us to be effective at dealing with the virus, we have to have good communications across the state," Demings said, adding that his office received calls from "numerous businesses" seeking clarity following the governor's statements.

"It really isn't a good look for government, when we are not all on the same sheet of music and so I just hope that the government does better with that," Demings said.

DeSantis, in "an act of executive grace," also suspended "all outstanding fines and penalties that have been applied against individuals" associated with pandemic-related mandates, like mask requirements.

"I think we need to get away from trying to penalize people for social distancing," DeSantis said. "All these fines we're going to hold in abeyance and hope that we can move forward in a way that's more collaborative."

Vulnerable Populations

Individuals older than 65 years of age and individuals with a serious underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immune-compromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure, and liver disease) can resume public interactions but should practice social distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical unless precautionary measures are observed. Vulnerable populations should affirmatively inform their employer that they are a member of the vulnerable population so that their employer can plan accordingly.

Social Gatherings

Non-vulnerable populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments

Travel 

Non-essential travel may continue.

EMPLOYERS

Telework 

Employees should resume unrestricted staffing of worksites and implement the final phasing in of employees returning to work. For vulnerable populations, teleworking can be considered. 

Employee Screening

Employers should take prudent and practical measures to ensure employees do not enter the premises if they believe they are infected with COVID-19 or show symptoms of influenza-like illness.

Travel 

Employees should resume non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

Local Government Meetings

These meetings should return to in-person quorum and public participation for local government bodies.

OTHER

Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs

Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol should operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.  Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single-use and then disposed of immediately after use.

Restaurants

Restaurants and foodservice establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should continue to be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus shall be designed for single-use and then disposed of immediately after use.

Gyms and Fitness Centers

Gyms and fitness centers should open to full capacity but should maintain adequate

sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.

Recreation

State Parks: State parks should be fully opened, including overnight accommodations.

Public Beaches: Beaches should remain fully open.

Large Venues: (i.e. movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, casinos) These venues should re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols.

Large Sporting Events and Theme Parks

Large spectator sporting events should consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols.

Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.

Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals should resume normal operating procedures but should continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect the property between rentals. 

Personal Services Businesses

Personal Services Businesses, such as cosmetology salons, barbershops, and nail salons, should operate under full capacity but should consider the following mitigation measures:

Continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.

Regularly clean and disinfect working stations and equipment between interactions with customers to the greatest frequency feasible.

Remove all unnecessary, frequent-touch items such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, any other unnecessary paper products and d├ęcor from customer service areas.

Retail Businesses

Operators of retail businesses should operate at full capacity but should continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.

Why Are All Common Symptoms Now Associated With COVID-19?

COVID-19 Is Becoming A Mental Illnesses Disease . . . 

Here is a list of 87 COVID-19 symptoms that Google Searches are tracking.  This map and chart below show where these searches are taking place.  The paranoia of associating all symptoms to COVID-19 has now become the norm conditioned by the media and our CDC.  The fact that more and more people are trying to test for COVID-19 for simple things like headaches and minors things is ridiculous. When is this madness going to stop? 

The dataset and list of symptoms of COVID-19 Search Patterns show aggregated, anonymized patterns in Google searches for more than 400 health symptoms, signs, and conditions such as cough, fever, and breathing difficulties. For each field, the dataset provides a time series that shows the relative volume of searches for each symptom. 

This dataset is designed to help researchers understand the effects of COVID-19 more effectively. It should not be used for the purposes of medical diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment.  It also isn’t intended to be used for guidance on personal travel plans.

This aggregated, anonymized dataset illustrates trends in symptom search patterns and is intended to help researchers understand the effects of COVID-19 better. Public health experts suggested that search pattern patterns could be helpful in generally understanding how COVID-19 affects populations and also in early identification of outbreaks. 

You should not presume that the data is a record of clinical incidents in the real world or use this information for medical diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment purposes. Try exploring these interactive charts and maps of symptom search patterns to visualize the info.

On this map, purple counties had more searches related to “Fever” during the week of 2020-08-17 than typical for the county. Fewer related searches took places in green counties. Some counties have insufficient data to map.

Google Search trends by COVID-19 Symptoms

The amount of Google searches for a wide variety of health symptoms, signs, and conditions is reflected in this data.  The search count is mapped to each of these symptoms for each day and arrange the results by geographical area. A regular or weekly time series for each area showing the relative frequency of searches for each symptom is the resulting dataset. 

It is possible to map a single search query to more than one symptom. For example, three symptoms are mapped to check for "acid reflux and coughing up mucus": cough, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Heartburn.

Here is the list of 87 symptoms Google is tracking:  

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acne
  • Alcoholism
  • Allergy
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Back pain
  • Bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Bone fracture
  • Bruise
  • Burn
  • Candidiasis
  • Chest pain
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Cramp
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Epilepsy
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Flatulence
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hair loss
  • Hay fever
  • Headache
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Implantation bleeding
  • Indigestion
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Iron deficiency
  • Itch
  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney stone
  • Knee Pain
  • Low back pain
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Migraine
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Neck pain
  • Obesity
  • Otitis
  • Pain
  • Panic attack
  • Paresthesia
  • Perspiration
  • Pneumonia
  • Psychosis
  • Scar
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin condition
  • Skin rash
  • Skin ulcer
  • Sleep disorder
  • Sore throat
  • Stroke
  • Swelling
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Wart
  • Weight gain
  • Xeroderma

Senator Rand Paul Hammers Dr. Anthony Fauci


During a Wednesday Senate hearing on the ongoing U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, things got reasonably heated between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Senator Rand Paul.

The senator from Kentucky, who is himself a medical doctor, opened his question by stating that, originally, "government officials were frank enough to admit that the goal of mitigation measures, aka," lockdown, "was to flatten the curve." He then argued that "flattening the curve" has since "morphed into an illusion that with a pandemic we could alter the trajectory of the pandemic."

Compared to Sweden, which prevented a lockdown, Rand Paul cited New York and New Jersey as the nation's highest infection spikes. "Before noting to Dr. Fauci," today you said you are not for economic lockdown, but your mitigation recommendations from dating to baseball to restaurants to movie theaters have led to this financial lockdown, "he rhetorically asked if" man is really able to control the path of a virus through crowd control.

"Our death rate is basically higher than Sweden, equal to the less developed world that is unable to do any of the stuff you have been encouraging," he pointedly noted, asking, "Do you have any second thoughts?" before finally arriving at the issue. Are you able to look at the evidence that there is a lower mortality rate for countries that did very little than the United States?

Senator Paul hit back, "You have been a huge fan of Cuomo and the shutdown in New York." "You have praised New York for its strategy. In New York, the world's highest death rate has been reported. How do you jump up and down and say that Cuomo has done a fine job?


CDC Says Costume Masks For Halloween Are Not Safe?

How ridiculous is this?  On the only holiday where masks are encouraged and enjoyed, the CDC says costume masks are not safe. 

"Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around your face," the website reads.

A costume mask can protect against spreading the coronavirus if it's like a regular cloth mask: two or more layers of breathable fabric covering the nose and mouth, without gaps around the face.

And what about masks? A costume mask is no substitute for a cloth mask, according to the agency, but don't double up with one over the other because that can make it hard to breathe. Instead, consider a Halloween-themed cloth mask, the CDC suggests.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has therefore released fresh recommendations on how to safely celebrate Halloween. No big surprise: they say it is not suggested to have classic door-to-door trick-or-treatments and crowded, boozy costume parties.

The CDC's guidelines group Halloween activities into lower-risk, moderate-risk, and higher-risk buckets.

Indoor haunted houses where individuals are crowded and screaming are very dangerous, which may send contagious particles flying. Going on hayrides with people in rural areas who are not in your household or fall festivals often carries a chance of transmitting the COVID-19 virus. And the CDC warns that using alcohol and drugs "can cloud [judgment] and improve risky behaviors," although this is equally true in any season.

The agency says this way of trick-or-treating poses a moderate risk (compared with the higher risk of the traditional style): Kids could pick up individually wrapped gift bags at the end of a driveway or yard while still preserving social distance.

You could also organize a small outdoor costume parade where everyone is 6 feet apart. An outdoor costume party would also be considered moderate risk if people wear masks and stay 6 feet away from each other.

The CDC's lower-risk activities include carving pumpkins with your household, or outdoors with friends while socially distanced. It also suggests a Halloween scavenger hunt: looking for witches, spiderwebs, and black cats outside houses while walking around — or a scavenger hunt for treats in your own home. 

NFL Fines 3 Coaches And Teams $100,000 For Not Wearing Masks

Kyle Shanahan not wearing mask
Pete Carroll not wearing mask
Vic Fangio not wearing mask

Several head coaches have been fined $100,000 by the NFL for not wearing face masks on the sidelines, a safety measure required during the COVID-19 pandemic games. The coaches' teams, with $250,000 penalties, were also fined.  

The coaches include Pete Carroll of Seattle, Kyle Shanahan of San Francisco, and Vic Fangio of Denver, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

After the NFL finished the second week of games, the penalties were released, all of which were played in stadiums that were either empty of fans or at a drastically reduced capacity due to fears about the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Carroll, Shanahan, and Fangio have all worn neck gaiters during their teams' first two games, but each of them has often been seen with the covering pushed down below their chin.

The NFL's game-day safety protocols state, "All individuals with Bench Area Access, except for Players, shall be required to wear masks at all times. Coaches must wear either a mask, neck gaiter, and/or face shield to satisfy this obligation."

A week before the first pro football games, those protocols were released. The initiatives also facilitate the wearing of masks by players who are not in the game, and the policy reminds them to comply with local regulations.

The mask requirement extends beyond the teams' bench area. Anyone with field access, from stadium workers to journalists, at all times must also wear masks or other face coverings.

Bill Belichick has Bird Mask Technology

20 States Borrow From Feds to Pay Unemployment Benefits

States Borrow From Feds to Pay Unemployment Benefits

In order to fund unemployment benefits, at least 20 states are running out of money and preparing to borrow from the federal government, raising concerns that higher business taxes will affect struggling workers still suffering from shutdowns.

Trust accounts for unemployment insurance are funded by corporate taxes that payout payments to laid-off employees. State and federal legislation cause tax increases to replenish the accounts if the funds appear to run out of funding, as they do now in several states.

The non-partisan New Jersey Legislative Services Office reported last week that the rebalancing of the books would save employers $919 million in new unemployment payroll taxes next year. News outlets quoted some New Jersey legislators as saying that, as the state did during the Great Recession, they might pass legislation to spread the effect over many years.

To augment unemployment trust funds and prevent some of the rises in business income, some states have used federal coronavirus relief dollars.

The U.S. Treasury Department reports 20 states that have sought loans as of Sept. 18 to fund unemployment compensation. California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Texas are now borrowing billions of dollars.

Since the Great Recession, many states have just recently replenished their unemployment funds. After the decline, some states passed laws to allow business tax increases to spread out over several years to mitigate the impact.

Nationally, the average tax on state unemployment benefits went down from 3.8 percent to 1.8 percent between 2012 and 2020 as funds were replenished, according to an Equifax study.

New Mexico now borrowing from feds to pay state unemployment benefits

Louisiana Legislature Calls Special Session To Address Coronavirus Restrictions, Unemployment Crisis


"Is the Coronavirus a scam"? - Teacher Asks Students on Quiz

Is the coronavirus a scam school quiz
The Correct Answer Was True on The Quiz

‘Is the coronavirus a scam?’ School science quiz question leads to pushback for Texas teacher. A Texas school district is under fire after an online quiz question posed to junior high students.

A science teacher at Pearland Junior High East asked her students, “Is the coronavirus a scam?” according to a post on the Parents in Pearland Independent School District Facebook page. The answer “True” was shown as the correct answer on the quiz.

The question was part of a quiz meant to familiarize students with their new online system, according to an email from the school principal posted on Facebook. The principal sent a similar statement to KPRC and added an explanation.

“The teacher’s intent was to spark conversation,” Principal Charles Allen told the TV station. “It was not to imply the virus is not serious or to make any political stance. The question has since been taken down.”

Most parents on the Facebook group for the Houston-area school district did not feel the question was an appropriate one to ask the students.



CDC Changes Guidelines on How Coronavirus Spreads

CDC guidelines on how coronavirus spreads

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

CDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong. CDC removed recently added language saying it was “possible” that it spreads via airborne transmission.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the updated language will be posted.

Nashville Health Department Hiding COVID-19 Data Facts

Nashville Covid-19 coverup
Nashville Covid-19 Cover-Up 
Tucker Carlson: Why are they so afraid to us the facts? 

Tucker Carlson weighs in on the coronavirus cover-up in Nashville. Tucker Carlson says alleged Nashville coronavirus data ‘cover-up,’ other obfuscations ‘unforgivable’ 


As of June 30, bars and restaurants had led to just 22 virus cases compared to more than 1,000 in nursing homes in Nashville, private data showed, according to Carlson.

“Numbers like these could be great news for the city of Nashville. Bars and restaurants have been suffering there for months under crushing COVID restrictions," he said.

A Nashville Health Department official reviewed the numbers and wrote an email to the mayor’s office last summer that said, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?" “Correct, not for public consumption,” a senior adviser in the mayor’s office replied.

"Why are they so afraid to tell us the real numbers? You know the answer, the more data you have about the virus, the more facts, the more science, the less frightened you may be," Carlson said. "And that’s why they always emphasize how many people have died – almost 200,000 – but almost never who died."

Tucker Carlson, the host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," on Thursday called an alleged cover-up in the Nashville mayor’s office over how many coronavirus cases are linked to bars and restaurants and other believed instances of politicians obfuscating about the data “unforgivable.”

FOX 17 in Nashville reported this week on emails between Democratic Mayor John Cooper’s office and the city's health department “that discussed the fact that only a very low number of cases have been traced to bars and restaurants in the city.”

"If you knew the details you might realize that getting a drink at a bar in Nashville or for that matter sending your children to school in person poses very little risk to anyone," he added.

Carlson posited that the "restrictions and terrible policies" by politicians like Mayor Cooper "are causing far more harm to this country and its population than the virus itself is causing.”

He said the virus remains as it always has been "an overwhelming threat to the elderly and to people who are already sick. This does not mean that COVID-19 is not dangerous. Of course, it is. It’s just not dangerous to the overwhelming majority of people who are being destroyed by the COVID-19 restrictions and that is unforgivable.”


Nursing Home Residents Account for 40% of COVID-19 Deaths in U.S.

Nursing home residents have accounted for 35-40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the US since the coronavirus pandemic started. That's a big number, given that just 0.45 percent of the entire U.S. population is made up of 1.5 million people living in nursing homes.

What states have seen the most nursing home deaths from coronavirus? We rated all 50 using data obtained from the COVID-19 Public File of the Nursing Home, which includes data recorded to the National Healthcare Safety Network of the CDC. This information shares information on the facility capacity of the nursing homes, resident effects, the number of supplies and protective equipment, as well as their ventilator capacity. With coronavirus nursing home fatality rates of more than 100 deaths per 1,000 nursing home residents, four states in the Northeast were at the top of the list.

For every 1,000 nursing home patients, Massachusetts was the state with the highest coronavirus nursing home fatality rate, with 124 deaths. It was also found that the state of Massachusetts had one of the highest rates of infection with coronavirus in nursing homes, with 337.4 cases per 1,000 people. 

New Jersey nursing homes have found themselves a near second because of their high coronavirus mortality rate, 122.6 per 1,000 residents. New Jersey was also found to have the highest rate of COVID-19 cases by state in the world, with 359.2 people testing positive for every 1,000 residents in the nursing home.

The U.S. States Ranked by Their Coronavirus Nursing Home Fatality Rate per 1,000 Nursing Home Residents
  1. Massachusetts: 124.0
  2. New Jersey: 122.6
  3. Connecticut: 102.5
  4. Rhode Island: 102.0
  5. Louisiana: 66.8
  6. Pennsylvania: 60.9
  7. Delaware: 57.5
  8. Maryland: 55.9
  9. Illinois: 52.6
  10. New York: 48.5
  11. Michigan: 47.2
  12. Indiana: 46.7
  13. Arizona: 42.6
  14. Mississippi: 42.4
  15. New Hampshire: 40.2
  16. Georgia: 39.6
  17. Alabama: 36.9
  18. South Carolina: 34.9
  19. California: 33.8
  20. Florida: 30.1
  21. Colorado: 29.8
  22. New Mexico: 29.3
  23. Virginia: 27.1
  24. Washington: 27.0
  25. Nevada: 25.9
  26. Ohio: 25.2
  27. Texas: 25.0
  28. Kentucky: 23.5
  29. North Carolina: 22.7
  30. Minnesota: 20.1
  31. Iowa: 19.1
  32. Nebraska: 16.9
  33. Arkansas: 15.7
  34. Idaho: 15.3
  35. Utah: 14.6
  36. Montana: 13.8
  37. Vermont: 11.3
  38. Oklahoma: 10.8
  39. Kansas: 10.1
  40. Wisconsin:10.1
  41. Tennessee: 7.3
  42. Maine: 7.2
  43. West Virginia: 5.9
  44. North Dakota: 5.6
  45. South Dakota: 4.7
  46. Oregon: 2.9
  47. Montana: 1.5
  48. Wyoming: 1.5
  49. Hawaii: 0.3
  50. Alaska: 0.0

How Much Money Are The Big Ten and Pac-12 Losing?

Big12 & Pac12 COVID-19 logos

As a result of COVID-19, the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancel their football seasons, college sports programs face a financial apocalypse. Big Ten & Pac12 could lose up to $1B in revenue after canceling fall football. 

Canceling college football season for the safety of student-athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic will cost Big Ten athletic departments more than $275 million in ticket sales and could reach $1 billion in total lost revenue, according to NCAA fiscal reports obtained by The Post.  At one end, Rutgers faces a vanishing $49 million, while cash-cow Ohio State’s would be out $104 million and include a league-high $50 million in lost tickets alone. It’s no wonder the Big Ten and like-minded Pac-12 are hoping to move football season to the spring rather than call it off.

These big-revenue programs are part of the NCAA’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) — 130 football teams in all, whose athletics department budgets ranged from $16 million to $207 million in 2018. This 10-conference subdivision includes the only college football teams that still might play this fall — a number that dwindles by the day, with the news Tuesday that the Big Ten and the Pac-12 conferences have canceled the fall season.

With the cancelation of fall football in the Big Ten and Pac-12 nations, many analysts have noted that the absence of gameday action would hit local economies hard. While this may still have been the case as long as the capacity of the stadium is reduced, there is no question that the economic effects of the movements would be important.

The impact however reaches well past local companies and athletic departments. Television networks could lose tens of millions, if not a great deal more. Fox Sports is now one of the major losers, as the network has a large presence in the Big Ten and Pac-12 — Fox owns the Big Ten Network.

“The twin postponements will erase some $165.7 million in sales from Fox’s fall ledger, with the Big Ten accounting for the bulk of the losses — around $124.8 million, versus the $40.9 million the company generated with its 2019 Pac-12 slate,” Crupi wrote. “Nor will any further relief be forthcoming via Fox’s most recent rights deal, which would have seen it carry 23 Mountain West games beginning this fall.”

Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis, used our database and other sources to project that the Power 5 would collectively lose more than $4 billion in football revenues from a mass cancellation, with each of its 65 programs losing an average of $62 million.

Looking at fixed expenses, our database shows that 54 of the public Power 5 institutions (data for private institutions is not available) hold $7.4 billion in total athletics debt for which they pay a combined $578 million in annual debt service. Read more.  

The lack of unifying leadership in making decisions about a fall season underscores college football’s broken and fragmented governance system. Unlike the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament, the FBS’s 10 conferences manage their lucrative postseason championship—the College Football Playoff—independent of the NCAA.

Not to mention all of the great athletes that are transferring to other active football programs in the SEC and ACC.  Huge losses! 

Virologist Says COVID-19 Created in Lab Based on Genome Evidence


Hong Kong's 'Whistleblower' Dr Li-Meng Yan joins Tucker Carlson with an insight into 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.  

Facebook & Twitter have since censored this interview (according to Zero Hedge). 

A Chinese virologist and whistleblower on Monday (Sept. 14) followed through on her pledge to release a paper explaining how the genome of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) indicates that it was constructed in a Chinese lab rather than naturally occurring.

Yan released the report on the data platform Zenodo with the title "Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route." Zenodo is a general open access repository developed under the European OpenAIRE project and operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), allowing researchers to store data, software, reports, and any research-related tools.

The paper pointed out that the biological characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 are not consistent with a naturally occurring zoonotic virus. The researchers assert that the genomic, structural, medical, and literaty evidence presented in the paper strongly contradicts the natural origin theory.

'The Chinese government purposely engineered and unleashed the COVID-19 virus that resulted in worldwide mass shutdowns and deaths, a top virologist and whistleblower told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday. Yan said further information will be released but referred to her own high-ranking role in a research lab for the World Health Organization as a justification for believing her claim.

"I worked in the WHO reference lab, which is the top coronavirus lab in the world, in the University of Hong Kong. And the thing is I get deeply into such investigation in secret from the early beginning of this outbreak. I had my intelligence because I also get my own unit network in China, involved in the hospital ... also I work with the top coronavirus virologist in the world," she said.

Yan's remarks were in contrast with the opinion of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and advisor on coronavirus in the White House, who had previously cast doubt on the notion that the virus was developed artificially. He told National Geographic in May: "When you look at the evolution of the virus in bats, then what's out there now is very, very strongly leaning towards that [virus] could not have been engineered intentionally or deliberately — the way the mutations developed naturally."

Her findings fuelled growing concerns that the Chinese government had neglected to warn the world about the danger of the virus early on. In particular, she claims the Chinese government has neglected research that could save lives. The State Department did not respond immediately to a request for comment from Fox News.

His former employer, Hong Kong University, attacked her account in response. A press release noted that "the substance of the above news article does not adhere to the core facts we understand."

Yan, who said she was one of the world's first scientists to research the novel coronavirus, has fled China and is now fearing retribution. In 2019, her boss at the University / WHO reference laboratory, Dr. Leo Poon, allegedly asked her to look into the unusual cluster of SARS-like cases coming out of mainland China at the end of December 2019.

Dr Li-Meng Yan was already working at a certain Hong Kong School of Public Health before the actual start of the whole COVID-19 pandemic. She then turned into a whistleblower herself on the entire Chinese government after she alleged that they already knew about the fact of coronavirus spread even before the dangerous outbreak was officially recognized.

Dr. Yan then said she had to escape to the US for her own safety and is now determined to talk to the whole world about her findings.

Dr. Yan also alleged that the White House health advisor known as Dr. Fauci probably knew even more than her about how they approved the previous gain-of-function study results to (fund) the specific Chinese laboratories that were under the jurisdiction of the CCP as a whole.

She said Dr. Fauci had more information than her and was also more invested in the whole project. A previous article by Newsweek has actually published that stated allegations that Dr. Fauci was actually funding the coronavirus with the use of US dollars!

The gain-of-function or GOF research, which was previously written about all the way back in July, is the actual euphemism for the whole government-sponsored biological research that was conducted for biodefense purposes and also aimed at increasing the virulence and also the lethality of the pathogens and the viruses.

After a month of the interview, Dr. Yan said she had proof that the COVID-19 was actually created in the known Wuhan laboratory. She also said she plans to release the current evidence showing that the COVID-19 did not emerge in nature but was in fact developed in the very Wuhan Virology Institute itself.

During the recent interview, Dr. Yan confirmed that she certainly intends to release the evidence showing why the coronavirus came from China's established laboratory and why they're really the only ones who did it.

In Part 1 of the paper, the scientists provide evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 was subjected to in vitro manipulation. First, it states that the genomic sequence of the virus is strikingly similar to that of a bat coronavirus found by People's Liberation Army (PLA) labs in the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China, and the Research Institute for Medicine of Nanjing Command in Nanjing, China.

Second, it shows that the receptor-binding motif (RBM) found in the virus's notorious spike protein is "suspiciously" similar to SARS-CoV from the 2003 SARS outbreak, indicating it was genetically modified. Third, the spike protein of the virus contains a unique furin cleavage site that is "completely absent in this particular class of coronaviruses found in nature," while the rare codons seen in this sequence suggest that it could have been inserted into the genome artificially

Regarding the "Zhoushan bat virus," the team wrote that ZC45 and ZXC2 have the highest sequence identity with SARS-CoV-2. In terms of similarity between ZC45/ZXC2 and SARS-CoV-2, the genome is 97 percent identical, the nucleocapsid protein is 94 percent identical, the membrane protein is 98.6 percent identical, and the S2 portion (2nd half) of the spike protein is 95 percent identical.

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COVID-19 Genome Mapped
COVID-19 Genome Mapped

Polluted Areas and Coronavirus Deaths

air pollution linked to coronavirus deaths

Disproportionate Rate Of Coronavirus Deaths In Polluted Areas

New Research Shows Disproportionate Rate of Coronavirus Deaths in Polluted Areas.  The analysis examined air pollution and coronavirus deaths in the roughly 3,100 U.S. counties and found a close correlation between levels of hazardous pollutants and the per-capita death rate from COVID-19.

Because the virus affects the respiratory system, researchers have rushed to study the potential association between mortality rates and air pollution. Early studies, including one looking at the particulate matter — distinct from HAPs, but often found with them — have suggested a link.

Cancer Alley is the industrial corridor that runs from Baton Rouge to New Orleans across the Mississippi River and is dubbed "Cancer Alley" because of potential health threats associated with local chemical pollution. The case rate is very significant in this area. 

Coronavirus patients are three times more likely to die from the disease in places with dirty air than those with clean air, according to a new study.  The authors conclude that air pollution, which disproportionately affects Americans of color, will drive COVID higher (19% of all deaths). Researchers suggest that people in areas with the worst air pollution will have higher COVID rates than people with clean air. African Americans and other low-income populations living in heavily polluted areas are exposed to higher levels of PM 2.5 particles compared to less polluted areas, followed by stays in homes. 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finding is particularly relevant because air pollution can exacerbate fundamental health problems that increase the likelihood of dying from COVID-19. This is in line with a recent Harvard study showing that there is a significant association between the number of people with Covid19 infection and the death rate from the infection. People living in areas of high air pollution are also at a higher risk of dying from COIDV-19 than those who do not, and that this is also the case for people living in low-income areas in the United States.    

Why We Need a Placebo Covid-19 Vaccine

mind over matter vs vaccine
Mind over matter is a very real phenomenon in medicine. 

A clinical placebo is a treatment that has no intended therapeutic effect. In a clinical trial, a placebo could be a saline formulation that is typically inert when injected. Or, the placebo could be the formulated mix of salts and leftover impurities that are present with the vaccine under investigation minus the active ingredient (vaccine).

In using a placebo while testing vaccine trials investigators want to eliminate any thoughts, views, emotions, and expectations as much as possible. Study participants will not know (they will be blind) to what treatment they receive, and often so will most of the investigators (double-blind). 

The key objective of a placebo is to allow the participant to believe they have received the medicine being tested. The placebo effect is a beneficial health outcome resulting from a person’s anticipation that an intervention will help. How a health care provider interacts with a patient also may bring about a positive response that’s independent of any specific treatment.

It is my view that if we had a more positive outlook on the likelihood that you will be just fine if you get the virus and treat it properly than we would all be living happier lives.  Having more people believe they have taken a Covid-19 vaccine might have an amazingly positive effect on society.  

What is the nocebo effect?

Scary health stories about COVID-19 pour out of the media floodgates every minute. These might be causing “nocebo effects” – where we become more ill because we expect to, as opposed to the better-known placebo effect where we become less ill due to our expectations. This could be happening on a large scale just now. 

We are understanding more and more about how nocebo effects work. Emotionally charged negative information from an authoritative source can make someone expect a negative symptom such as pain or breathlessness. Then, like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the expectation itself can cause the symptom. These expectations are associated with the production of neurotransmitters that induce an increased sensitivity to pain and a wide variety of other symptoms. Fear and anxiety heighten this process.
nocebo effect
A fascinating study examined the impact of the placebo effect in 84 trials of nerve pain treatments that took place over the prior 23 years. The researchers found that the placebo effect has become remarkably stronger, but this observation was only noted in U.S. studies. Why? One theory is that the flood of direct-to-consumer drug advertising in the U.S. (which is not allowed in most other countries) increases patients’ expectations that medication will help them. Stronger and higher expectations of a drug’s effectiveness may translate into a bigger placebo effect.  

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Fake Laws Designed By Phony Lawmakers

Nancy Pelosi Hair Salon No Mask

Here is a prime example of a fake law "closing hair salons" for Coronavirus fears and yet the House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets to break the law herself.  This is hypocrisy at its finest moment while American small business owners are getting crushed.  Coronavirus rules and local laws not be obeyed by everyone, especially those in political power. 

A fundraiser for the San Francisco-based hair salon whose owner says she needs to relocate her business after releasing video of a maskless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reached its goal of $327,000+, the salon owner announced. Erica Kious thanked those who donated to a GoFundMe page for her amid her feud with Pelosi (D-Calif.).

It is easy to think that we should all react the same way to events, new laws, and rules in the world and so should we have similar responses to them. But that’s not quite what happens in our brains.  Most people do not have the capacity to capture all the information that is coming through our senses – what we see, hear, and feel. 

Instead, we pay attention to the information that is most relevant to us and use it to create an interpretation of what is happening in the world. In other words, we tell ourselves a story about what is happening and then react to our story.  Some people have common sense reasoning and some just do what they are told.   Some people also call this common sense or independent thinking.  Where has our common sense gone? 

Why Did LA County Ban Halloween Trick-or-Treating?

The One Day Everyone Wants to Wear A Mask?
LA County Bans Trick-or-Treating?

The one day everyone wants to wear a mask, the idiot Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti believes that 'door to door trick or treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing,' health officials said The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a ban on door-to-door trick-or-treating, carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted houses. 

Now it appears that common sense has prevailed and they have rescinded their ban and have only suggested. LA County Walks Back Halloween Ban

How Much Does A Covid-19 Test Cost?


COVID-19 test prices vary from institution to institution, with some establishments charging as little as $20 for a diagnostic test, while others charge up to $850. Here's everything we know about the cost, as well as some examples of people paying thousands of dollars out of pocket. We have examined the COVID19 test price to see how much the price varies and how much the cost difference is between the different facilities. Twelve hospitals have tests listed at a discounted price, ranging from $36 to $180 per test.
   
An insurance agent told ProPublica that the cost of a COVID-19 test in Texas can range from less than $100 to thousands of dollars. A number of private providers, including those who have insurance, charge significantly more, and some significantly higher, fees for COVID-19 tests.

Insurance companies in Texas typically pay between $100 and $300 for a ride - up to the COVID 19 test. In general, health plans will pay for 19 tests ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.  Many insurance providers will take the COVID 19 antibody test, but you should check the details with your insurance plan. Whether or not the cost of the test is free depends on whether there is insurance that covers the three-step process and how much of it is covered 100% or in part.
   
If you have a short-term medical plan or are a member of a Department of Health, the test can be a covered service. If you are uninsured, inform your healthcare provider that he or she has the right to pay the associated costs to the provider or laboratory. You can pay for the COVID-19 antibody test and its costs all over the map. 
   
You will want to contact your insurance company, Medicare, or Medicaid provider before you visit. Many insurers also undertake to cover the cost of a COVID-19 test if it is carried out in an institution outside the network. Your doctor will charge you for the COVID-19 exam at the time of your visit, regardless of whether you are insured or not.
   
The cost of a COVID 19 test may vary depending on the location of the laboratory where the test is performed. If the cost of testing at your nearest testing center is high, check the cost of other testing facilities in your region to determine the most cost-effective test site. The cost of a COVID-19 test may vary by location, but it may also vary by type of test facilities, such as Mount Sinai's partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCSF), or California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  The cost of a COVID-19 test may vary depending on the place of residence, type of test facility, and location of the test center.
   
CARES law does not prohibit out-of-network providers from charging patients directly for a COVID-19 test, but Levitt also warns that patients who receive a test that is false negative and the test results are positive may still be left out of pocket. If this happens, the cost of the advance check-up could discourage patients from getting the tests when they are not affordable. Cost-sharing, which saves you the need for tests and alternative diagnoses, applies when you order COVID-19 tests. Patients cannot forget the tests for coronavirus and all visits related to the tests are covered by the costs of the network clinic or facility.
   
Without a copy, many patients never know how much their tests actually cost their insurers, which could lead to overcrowding. This is a potential cost trap if you get tested for people who are uninsured or who are infected with COVID-19.
   
Some people think that if you get tested, even if you're not in the insurance network, you can still get treatment just to get the test. This means that even though your visit did not result in a COVID-19 test and you had a test even though you were not in the network of insurance policies because you had just received a coronavirus test, you could still receive a bill. Some health insurance companies only take the tests if they are considered medically necessary, which usually means that the doctor has recommended them.
   
To remove the financial hurdle for evaluation, insurers could waive costs - and doctors who submit a COVID-19 diagnostic code to order a COVID-19 test could share the costs. If a patient calls the COVID-18 hotline and is directed to a drive-by test site, the patient is not liable for the cost-share, as the cost of the COVID-19 tests is fully covered

Who Is Getting Wealthier During Covid-19?

Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos getting rich during Covid-19

Billionaires have a combined wealth of more than $3.6 trillion, and their collective wealth will soar by $1,130 between 1990 and 2020. Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett had the second-largest increase in their wealth during the pandemic. Bezos and Zuckerberg have added $35 billion and $25 billion to their fortunes, respectively. In total, the 20 richest people in the United States, including Bezos, Zuckerberg, Gates, and Buffett, as well as the rest of the world's ten largest billionaires, had a combined wealth of $3.6 trillion by August 5, 2020. 

This makes sense as retail is getting killed and Amazon benefits and Bill Gates gets to sell more vaccines to the world. Meanwhile, 40 million Americans filed for unemployment during the pandemic, but billionaires saw their net worth increase by half a trillion dollars.

First, the government disproportionately gave more aid to banks and corporations. In 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act was signed into law, creating a $700 billion program to purchase devalued assets from banks. This was called the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. Later, President Obama would direct $75 billion in funds from TARP to help reduce interest payments for homeowners. That means homeowners received around 10% of the direct relief that banks and corporations did.

And this leads to reason No. 2. When the stock market bounced back, the unequal bailouts meant that the wealthy still had money on hand to invest and thus profit, while the middle and lower classes did not. In 2008, the Federal Reserve lowered short-term interest rates to near zero. They would remain that low for nearly a decade. This paved the way for a historic bull market on Wall Street that began in 2009 and lasted until March 2020, when the pandemic hit. The Ponzi scheme continues with no restructuring of bad behavior insight  

Beware of this Fake COVID-19 Tracking App


Mobile phone tracking applications are now often encouraged or even mandatory to use in many countries, and therefore have a high number of users. With that, many malicious applications resembling official versions of these tracking applications have begun to appear. Mostly, with the intention to steal sensitive information from users.

With the sudden spread of COVID-19, the need for some tools that would help trace contact between people quickly arose. The purpose of tracking applications is to use smartphones as a tool to track interactions between people in order to provide information to users if they have come in contact or have been in close proximity, to a person confirmed positive of infection with the virus.

Here is a link to more detail. 

How Much is a Ticket for Not Wearing a Mask in California?

How Much is a Ticket for Not Wearing a Mask in California

Here is a list of California cities and counties that have implemented fines for not wearing a mask or face-covering in public: Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide mask mandate requiring pretty much everyone to wear a face-covering when outside your home and near other people.

In most cities, only about 50% of the population is following the rules so it's not exactly clear how the mask mandate is being enforced depends on local jurisdictions. Some cities and counties are depending on people's goodwill, and others are forcing violators to pay up.  Here is a map of states where masks are required outdoors.

  • Beverly Hills: $100 fine for the first offense, $200 for a second, $500 for third and subsequent offenses
  • Calabasas: $100 for the first violation
  • Compton: 1st violation - written warning, second violation - $500, third violation - $750, and fourth violation - $1,000
  • Contra Costa County: $100 fine for an individual's first violation, $200 for second and $500 for third; $250 for a business's first violation, $500 for second and $1,000 for third
  • Costa Mesa: $100 fine
  • Duarte: $100 for first offenses, $200 for second offenses, and $500 for every subsequent violation within a one-year period from the initial offense
  • Fremont: $100 fine
  • Glendale: $400 for the first fine, $1,000 for the second fine and $2,000 for the third
  • Hermosa Beach: Citations will come with fines of $100 for the first violation, $200 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation of the face mask requirement within a one-year period.
  • Irvine: Penalties up to $500 per day
  • Los Angeles County: $100 for the first offenses and $500 and a 30-day permit suspension for multiple fines. 
  • Monterey: $100, second violation - $200, third violation - $500
  • Manhattan Beach: $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second, and $350 for subsequent violations.  Manhattan Beach also gave out fines for not social distancing
  • Marin County: Fines between $25 and $500 for individuals, and between $250 to $10,000 for businesses
  • Monterey: $100 for first violation
  • Napa County: Fines between $25 and $500 for individuals, and between $250 to $10,000 for businesses
  • Riverside County:  $1000
  • Salinas: $100 for first violation, $500 for second and $1,000 for subsequent
  • San Mateo County: $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for the second and $500 for additional violations within a year; business fines between $250 and $3,000
  • Santa Barabara: Up to $1000
  • Santa Clara County: If you get caught without a face covering it could cost you up to $500. The price goes up for violations by businesses, they face fines up to $5,000.
  • Santa Cruz County: $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $500 for a third within a year
  • Santa Monica: $100 fine for an individual's first violation, $250 for second and $500 for third; $500 for a business's first violation, $750 for second and $1,000 for third
  • Sonoma County: Fine of $100 for individuals, fines between $1,000 and $10,000 for business violations
  • West Hollywood: $300 for the first violation
  • Ventura County:  Up to $1000
  • Yolo County: Fine between $25 and $500 for individuals; fine between $250 to $10,000 for businesses

Map of States Where Masks Are Required in Public

Map of States Where Masks Are Required Outdoors

Arkansas

As of July 20:
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that beginning on Monday, July 20, residents 10 years and older must wear masks when in the presence of non-household members and aren't able to socially distance. The order is enforceable and offenders can be cited for a misdemeanor or fined.
As of June 18:
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order requiring the use of face coverings in public indoor spaces, including while shopping, riding on public transportation, or seeking medical care.
Newsom's order also mandated the use of masks or face coverings in public outdoor spaces when social distancing is not an option. There was no guidance on how the order will be enforced or if violators will face any penalties or citations.

Colorado

As of July 17:
Gov. Jared Polis announced that residents will be required to wear masks when in public indoor spaces and not able to socially distance from others.

Connecticut

As of April 20:
Connecticut's mask requirement applies to any resident over the age of 2 in a public space where social distancing isn't possible. The rules also apply to individuals using public transportation, taxis or rideshare services.
The state's Department of Economic and Community Development also released mask guidelines for essential workers:
Employees at essential businesses must wear masks or any other material covering their mouth and nose at all times while at work. Employers must provide masks or the materials to make them. All customers under age 2 must wear them, too.
On August 14, Lieutenant Gov. Susan Bysiewicz signed an executive order that requires residents to provide a doctor's note that shows they are exempt from wearing a mask due to a medical condition.

Delaware

As of April 28:
Gov. John Carney ordered residents to wear face masks while in public, including at grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor's offices, and on public transportation.
Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear face coverings, and those aged 2 and under must not wear face masks due to the risk of suffocation.

District of Columbia

As of May 16:
Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered the use of masks or face coverings when conducting essential business or travel and social distancing isn't possible.
Masks or other face coverings are required in grocery stores, pharmacies and takeout restaurants. On public transportation, face coverings are required if individuals are unable to be six feet apart.
Children between the ages of 2 and 9 are advised to wear masks.

Hawaii

As of April 20:
Both customers and employees at essential businesses are required to wear cloth face coverings. Establishments must limit the number of customers allowed in and keep them six feet apart.
Anyone who violates those rules could face a fine of up to $5,000, or up to a year in prison if found guilty, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige's order.

Illinois

As of May 1:
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered the use of face masks for anyone stepping outside their house.
    Face coverings are required while shopping at essential businesses, traveling on public transportation, picking up food, or visiting the doctor and it's impossible to stay six feet apart.

    Indiana

    As of July 27:
    Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that a statewide mask mandate will go into effect on July 27 due to the increase in the state's positivity rate and some counties seeing increases in cases.
    The mask mandate applies to anyone who is 8 years and older, and is required in indoor public spaces, commercial entities, while using transportation services and outdoors where social distancing isn't possible.
    The mask mandate will remain in effect indefinitely.

    Kansas

    As of July 3:
    An executive order was issued by Gov. Laura Kelly mandating face masks must be worn statewide in public spaces.

    Kentucky

    As of May 11:
    Gov. Andy Beshear ordered all state residents to wear face masks in public.
    Beshear has said that people will not be fined or arrested for not wearing a mask in public, but the order gives businesses the right to turn away any customer not wearing a face covering.

    Louisiana

    As of July 13:
    Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a statewide mask order for everyone 8 years and older.
    Parishes in the state can opt-out of the mask mandate if they don't have a high positivity rate, but Edwards said only three would qualify to do so right now.

    Maine

    As of May 1:
    Gov. Janet Mills issued an order requiring face coverings or masks for anyone over the age of 2 in indoor public spaces such as supermarkets, retail stores, pharmacies, and doctor's offices.

    Maryland

    As of April 18:
    Commuters must wear face coverings while using Maryland's public transit, according to Gov. Larry Hogan's order.
    Employees of essential businesses and customers over the age of 9 must wear face coverings. Adults accompanying young children should make an effort to get them to wear a mask.

    Massachusetts

    As of May 6:
    Governor Charlie Baker issued an order requiring the use of face coverings or masks in both indoor and outdoor spaces where social distancing isn't possible.
    Children under the age of 2 do not have to adhere to this order.

    Michigan

    As of June 18:
    Michigan requires all residents to wear face coverings or masks in all public settings.
    Businesses are allowed to deny entry to individuals not wearing face coverings.

    Minnesota

    As of July 25:
    Gov. Tim Walz has issued an executive order that requires the use of masks in indoor public places while using public transportation and while outdoors where social distancing isn't possible. Children under the age of 5 are exempt from the mask mandate.

    Montana

    As of July 16:
    Face coverings are now required in certain indoor business settings for counties with four or more active Covid-19 cases, according to a new directive issued by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D). Residents attending outdoor gatherings of 50 or more people when social distancing isn't possible will also require face coverings.

    Nevada

    As of June 24:
    Nevada requires anyone in any public space to wear a mask. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's office said this includes while using public transportation, in public-facing work environments, while patronizing businesses, or interacting with others in any generally publicly accessible space.
    "For Nevada to stay safe and stay open, we must make face coverings a routine part of our daily life," Sisolak said.

    New Hampshire

    As of August 11:
    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu issued an order requiring masks to be worn at gatherings of more than 100 people. New Hampshire is the only New England state that does not have a statewide mask mandate in public where social distancing cannot be maintained.

    New Jersey

    As of April 8:
    New Jersey was the first state to require customers and employees to wear face coverings at essential businesses and construction sites. Businesses must provide them to employees and deny entry to any customer who refuses to wear them (though customers can still pick up food or medicines in other contact-free ways).
    Commuters on New Jersey's trains, buses, and light rails must wear face coverings. If they refuse, they may be denied entry.

    New Mexico

    As of May 16:
    Adults are required to wear masks in all public settings, except while eating, drinking, exercising, or for medical reasons. Masks are recommended for children 3 and older, and children 5 and under must have adult supervision.

    New York

    As of April 17:
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order mandated state residents to wear masks in public.
    All residents over age 2 must wear masks or face coverings when in public and social distancing is impossible.

    North Carolina

    As of June 26:
    Gov. Roy Cooper requires that face coverings be worn whenever people are out and about in public and where physical distancing is not possible. A number of businesses, such as restaurants and hair salons, also will require both employees and customers to wear face masks.
    "We need to all work together so we can protect our families and neighbors, restore our economy, and get people back to work and our children back to school," Cooper said in announcing the requirement.

    Ohio

    As of July 23:
    Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a news briefing that there will be a mask mandate that requires people to cover their nose and mouth when inside public spaces or outside when social distancing is not possible.

    Oregon

    As of July 1:
    Gov. Kate Brown has now required the state's residents to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces beginning July 1. Face covering requirements are already mandated in eight counties but this would broaden the mandate to the whole state. 
    "I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing," Brown said in a statement.
    "If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face-covering when out in public," she added.

    Pennsylvania

    As of April 19:
    Essential businesses must provide and require their employees to wear masks, according to the order from Pennsylvania's Department of Health. Customers at these businesses must wear masks while on the premises or be denied entry.

    Puerto Rico

    People are required to wear face coverings when in public spaces. Businesses must ensure customers are wearing face coverings.

    Rhode Island

    As of May 8:
    Gov. Gina Raimondo issued an order requiring all residents over the age of 2 to wear face coverings or masks while in public settings, whether indoors or outdoors.

    Texas

    As of July 3:
    Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that will require residents in counties with 20 or more active Covid-19 cases to wear face coverings in public. It takes effect midday on July 3.
    The order says that failure to comply could be punishable by a fine.

    Vermont

    As of August 1:
    Cloth face coverings are now required in public places -- both indoor and outdoor -- and in group living settings across the state anytime it's not possible to keep a 6-foot distance from other people who are not a part of your household.
    There are exemptions for people exercising outdoors, children under the age of two, anyone with a medical or developmental condition that is complicated by a face covering, and those with difficulty breathing.

    Virginia

    As of May 29:
    Gov. Ralph Northam instituted a statewide mask mandate that requires residents aged 10 and older to wear a mask when entering or spending time in establishments such as restaurants, grocery stores, and train stations.

    Washington

    As of June 26:
    Gov. Jay Inslee instituted a mask mandate that requires everyone to wear a mask or face covering in an indoor public space and in outdoor public spaces where social distancing isn't possible.

    West Virginia

    As of July 6:
    Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order that he said would require all West Virginians 9 years old and up to wear a face mask anytime they are in public and indoors and where they are unable to maintain six feet of social distancing.
    Justice said he issued the order after the state experienced its highest daily total of new cases over the July 4th weekend.
    "I know it's an inconvenience, but it's not going to be much of an inconvenience," Justice said. "If you don't decide to wear the face-covering for yourself if you don't decide to wear it for one of your loved ones or your friends, do it for the 95 West Virginians that have died, do it for the 95 people that we've lost."

    Wisconsin

    As of August 1:
    Gov. Tony Evers issued a public health emergency and an emergency order that requires a face covering to be worn when indoors or in an enclosed space and not in a private residence, for residents who are 5 and older. The order is set to expire on September 28.