The Lakeland City Commission voted unanimously (7-0) this week on a resolution that adopted COVID-19 safety measures. Within the resolution language, the City Commission recommends and urges in the strongest possible terms that all citizens, businesses and organizations within the City of Lakeland observe the following safety measures to reduceContinue Reading

The American Medical Association (AMA) today applauded the Biden Administration’s first-day actions that tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, re-engage with the World Health Organization (WHO), and advance racial equity, among other policies. The executive orders, memoranda, and other actions are first steps on issues critical to improving theContinue Reading

A randomized trial of more than 6,000 participants in Denmark adds new evidence to what is known about whether masks protect the wearer from SARS-CoV-2 infection in a setting where public health measures, including social distancing, are in effect but others are not wearing masks. The DANMASK-19 trial randomized participantsContinue Reading

Governor Ralph Northam wants residents to file a complaint against neighbors, friends, and churchgoers who they feel aren’t complying with his executive order about Phase 2 restrictions regarding social distancing, masks, and establishment capacities. The Virginia Department of Public Health is urging residents to “snitch on” public gatherings and otherContinue Reading

An Oregon county’s mask mandate has exceptions about racial profiling putting non-White residents at higher risk of contracting coronavirus. Lincoln County, Oregon, requires most residents to wear face coverings in public settings, indoors or outdoors. The requirement will not extend to minorities if they fear harassment, the county said. “The followingContinue Reading

On Tuesday evening, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners passed an emergency ordinance requiring that citizens wear face coverings in most indoor public places, and restaurants and bars to implement new safety and anti-crowding measures. The ordinance passed 6-1, with Commissioner Kathleen Peters dissenting. The countywide ordinance takes effectContinue Reading

No mass gatherings. Stay-at-home orders. Nonessential business closures. Use of cloth face coverings. In April, these and other measures were adopted by states to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and across the globe. A new study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’sContinue Reading

Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that the United States faces a problem of “anti-science bias” and a lack of trust in authority, calling it “inconceivable and not understandable,” just days after Fauci himself confessed to lying about masks, the benefits and talking points at the beginning of the pandemic. “One ofContinue Reading

AMC Theatres, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S., updated the policy requiring visitors to wear masks at its theaters. On Friday, following social media backlash, AMC announced it would now require visitors to wear masks at its theaters when they reopen in July after previously claiming it would notContinue Reading

Population-wide use of facemasks keeps the coronavirus ‘reproduction number’ under 1.0, and prevents further waves of the virus when combined with lockdowns, a modelling study from the universities of Cambridge and Greenwich suggests. The research suggests that lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of SARS-CoV-2, and that even homemadeContinue Reading