Tag: Masks

Biden Doubled Mask Fines for Travelers. What Does it Mean for Passengers?

Since February, when the T.S.A. first announced that everyone — except children under 2 and people with some disabilities — is required, by law, to wear masks on airplanes and in airports in the United States, the agency has received more than 4,000 reports of mask related incidents, according to R. Carter Langston, a T.S.A. […]

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Help! We’re Going to Europe and Haven’t a Clue Which Masks to Pack.

As for how to stock up: Surgical masks are readily available at online retailers like Amazon or Target. And although it was difficult, if not impossible, to find respirator masks like N95s at the beginning of the pandemic, they are more readily available now. On its website, Wirecutter has a comprehensive breakdown of the different […]

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Mask Mandates Are Creating School Board Chaos

America’s school board meetings are out of control. Forget sonorous debates over capital improvements and annual budgets. Today’s gatherings are ground zero for some of the nation’s nastiest brawls over the hyper-politicized issue of mask mandates. Meetings are being overrun by protesters voicing their objections to face-coverings in classrooms — replete with mask-themed conspiracy theories, […]

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Covid Deaths Surge Across a Weary America as a Once-Hopeful Summer Ends

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A summer that began with plunging caseloads and real hope that the worst of Covid-19 had passed is ending with soaring death counts, full hospitals and a bitter realization that the coronavirus is going to remain a fact of American life for the foreseeable future. Vaccination rates are ticking upward, and […]

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When Vaccines Aren’t an Option: Life for Families With Children Under 12

“It doesn’t feel like there are any good options at this point,” said Adina Ellis, 45, who tossed and turned in bed for hours the night before school started this week in Washington, D.C., racked with indecision about whether to send her 6-year-old son, Cassius. Ms. Ellis lost her father to Covid-19 last year and […]

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Want to Enhance Civil Liberties? Embrace Vaccine Mandates.

Even though the F.D.A. and independent medical experts have found Covid-19 vaccines to be extremely safe and highly effective, a sizable portion of the eligible population has chosen not to be vaccinated. In this context, Covid-19 vaccine mandates — much like mask mandates — are public health measures necessary to protect people from severe illness […]

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N.Y. Students Hope Vaccine Mandates Bring College Life Back to Normal

“I think for any prospective students who are looking at coming back to New York City and in-person activities in general, it’s definitely viewed as a path forward,” said Mira Silveira, 21, a rising senior at New York University. More than 100 New York colleges have a mandate in place, according to a tracker from […]

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School Mask Debate Tests Arizona’s Governor

PHOENIX — Only weeks after Arizona’s students went back to school, coronavirus infections are forcing thousands of children and teachers into quarantine. School outbreaks around Phoenix are surging. In one suburban district, so many drivers are sick that school buses are running 90 minutes late. All this in a state that ignored C.D.C. recommendations and […]

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GOP Governors Fight Virus Mandates as the Party’s Covid-19 Politics Harden

As a new coronavirus wave accelerated by the Delta variant spreads across the United States, many Republican governors have taken sweeping action to combat what they see as an even more urgent danger posed by the pandemic: the threat to personal freedom. In Florida, Ron DeSantis has prevented local governments and school districts from enacting […]

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G.O.P. Governors Fight Mandates as the Party’s Covid Politics Harden

As a new coronavirus wave accelerated by the Delta variant spreads across the United States, many Republican governors have taken sweeping action to combat what they see as an even more urgent danger posed by the pandemic: the threat to personal freedom. In Florida, Ron DeSantis has prevented local governments and school districts from enacting […]

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We Need Clear Goals for Every Covid-19 Policy

What if the stated goal is simply, “Kids need to be in school, period.” Considering the devastating costs of having children out of school last year, including dramatic and quantifiable learning loss in math and reading, this is a very reasonable and defensible goal. How might that then drive policy? Setting that goal would mean […]

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In Britain, Young Children Don’t Wear Masks in School

From late spring into early summer, Britain’s elementary and secondary schools were open during an alarming wave of Delta infections. And they handled the Delta spike in ways that might surprise American parents, educators and lawmakers: Masking was a limited part of the strategy. In fact, for the most part, elementary school students and their […]

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Facing Its Worst Virus Surge, Oregon Adopts Some of Nation’s Toughest Restrictions

PORTLAND, Ore. — Facing a 990 percent increase in coronavirus hospitalizations since July 9, Oregon leaders have deployed the National Guard to hospitals, dispatched crisis teams to the hardest-hit regions of the state and ordered educators and health care workers to get vaccinated or lose their jobs. Now, in her latest mandate that will take […]

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Illinois will require masks indoors for everyone and educators must get shots or face testing.

CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois announced on Thursday a new, stricter set of coronavirus restrictions, ordering a statewide indoor mask mandate and requiring that all educators be vaccinated or face regular testing. The mask mandate applies to all Illinois residents age 2 and older and begins on Monday. The vaccine rule, effective Sept. […]

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Why Vaccine Mandates for Teachers Have Been a Harder Sell Than Mask Mandates for Kids

Produced by ‘Sway’ As the pandemic has pushed the country into a debate about when and how to reopen schools, Randi Weingarten has faced the ire of parents, teachers, school boards and — of course — Fox News. The president of the American Federation of Teachers leads a union of 1.7 million educators across the […]

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Rick Perry Says He’s Not Anti-Mask, Just Pro–Air Filter

President Donald Trump listens as Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during an event about the environment in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Washington.d Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Former Republican politician Rick Perry held a nearly hourlong press conference at […]

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‘The New York Post’ Is Requiring Its Employees ‘Mask Up’ After Spending Much Of The Pandemic Ripping Mask Mandates, Because Of Course They Are

Like most conservative Rupert Murdoch-owned media outlets, The New York Post has spent much of the pandemic railing against mask mandates and generally downplaying COVID’s severity. But like former president Trump, they’re not stupid. So this shouldn’t be surprising: Despite their hostility towards places of business requiring people wear masks, that’s exactly what they demand […]

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In the South, We Are Fighting Covid. And Our Own Elected Officials.

Fortunately, many citizens in these states and others in the region are determined to keep themselves and their children safe, even if their leaders keep undermining those efforts at every turn. No sooner had Mr. Lee signed his executive order than Dr. Sara Cross, a Memphis physician on his own Covid task force, issued a […]

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When Will Texas Say Enough’s Enough to Greg Abbott?

HOUSTON — A law school classmate of our governor once insisted to me that Greg Abbott was more dangerous than his predecessor Rick Perry because he was smart. I would say that the events of the last few months lend considerable support to the first part of the sentence. Maybe you heard that Mr. Abbott […]

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As Childhood Covid Cases Spike, School Vaccination Clinics Are Slow Going

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — There were no cheery signs urging “Get your Covid-19 vaccine!” at the back-to-school immunization clinic at Carey Junior High School last week. In the sun-drenched cafeteria, Valencia Bautista sat behind a folding table in a corner, delivering a decidedly soft sell. Hundreds of 12- and 13-year-olds streamed through with their parents to […]

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The Quiet Rage of the Responsible

Let’s talk for a minute about Lollapalooza. After canceling in-person events last year, a few weeks ago Chicago once again hosted the long-running music festival, drawing more than 385,000 people. Many feared that the huge, raucous crowds could produce a coronavirus superspreader event. But the festival required proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test […]

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N.Y.P.D. to Unvaccinated Officers: Wear Masks or Face Discipline

New York City police officials, confronting a lagging vaccination rate among officers even as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise in the city, warned officers that they would discipline unvaccinated personnel who do not wear masks while on duty. The policy, which the New York Post first reported on Wednesday, comes less than a month […]

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Those Anti-Covid Plastic Barriers Probably Don’t Help and May Make Things Worse

Most researchers say the screens most likely help in very specific situations. A bus driver, for instance, shielded from the public by a floor-to-ceiling barrier is probably protected from inhaling much of what passengers are exhaling. A bank cashier behind a wall of glass or a clerk checking in patients in a doctor’s office may […]

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Why Anti-Covid Plastic Barriers in Classrooms and Restaurants May Make Things Worse

Most researchers say the screens most likely help in very specific situations. A bus driver, for instance, shielded from the public by a floor-to-ceiling barrier is probably protected from inhaling much of what passengers are exhaling. A bank cashier behind a wall of glass or a clerk checking in patients in a doctor’s office may […]

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Biden Ramps Up Virus Strategy for Nursing Homes, Schools

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration moved on multiple fronts on Wednesday to fight back against the surging Delta variant, strongly recommending booster shots for most vaccinated American adults and using federal leverage to force nursing homes to vaccinate their staffs. In remarks from the East Room of the White House, President Biden also directed his […]

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Crowded Events. No Masks. Then a Covid Diagnosis for Gov. Abbott of Texas

HOUSTON — In recent days, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas commemorated the anniversary of India’s independence with a crowd in his office. He mingled with hundreds of Republican supporters at a packed campaign event. He posed with the brother of the famed guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Photographs from the events show that few of those […]

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Biden Administration to Use Federal Civil Rights Office to Deter States From School Mask Bans

“The fact that they’re not adjusting based on the illness, and the outcry from medical experts, is astonishing,” Dr. Cardona said. “But we cannot sit around. We have to do everything in our power, including civil rights investigations and even referring matters to the Department of Justice for enforcement if necessary.” He said he has […]

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Israel, Once the Model for Beating Covid, Faces New Surge of Infections

JERUSALEM — Last spring, Israel’s remarkably swift vaccination campaign was seen as a global model. Coronavirus infections plummeted, an electronic pass allowed the vaccinated to attend indoor concerts and sporting events, and distancing rules and mask mandates were eventually scrapped. Israel offered the world a hopeful glimpse of the way out of the pandemic. No […]

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The School Culture Wars: ‘You Have Brought Division to Us’

“I want my child to go to school free and unmasked,” a woman shouted at a union official in Broward County last week, as protesters held up signs that said “My Body, My Choice” and “Masks = Child Abuse.” Broward County voted to require masks despite the governor’s order. The rhetoric was also incendiary 300 […]

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