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‘Why Would You Be That Selfish?’ Infected Arkansas Anti-Masker Voices Her Regret

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

While some individuals are still dismissing expert recommendations to wear face coverings or masks in public, others are sharing stories of regret. As cases of the novel coronavirus increase in the U.S., anti-maskers nationwide are changing their stances as they experience symptoms of the pandemic. By sharing their stories, individuals who once denied the severity of the virus hope they can emphasize the importance of following safety guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

After vocalizing her views against masks, a city official in Arkansas called herself "selfish" and shared that she no longer doubts the use of masks after being diagnosed with COVID-19. "I knew I was going to die, and I knew I was going to do it alone," Sandra Brand told ABC News affiliate News5. Brand has spent over two weeks in the hospital fighting coronavirus alone.

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Fox News Falsehoods About Virus Masks Are A Public Health Menace

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

Surgeon General Jerome Adams implored the American public to wear cloth masks to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on Monday, saying that "this whole administration is now supportive of masks" because they are "one of the most effective ways to open our country." But wearing them "relies on the individual people of America doing the right thing," he told the hosts of Fox & Friends. "That's why I'm pleading with your viewers, I'm begging you, please understand that we are not trying to take away your freedoms when we say 'wear a face covering.'"

Fox News was the correct venue for Adams' appeal. Mounting evidence shows that mask use is a vitally important tool to curtail the spread of the pandemic that has caused more than 140,000 U.S. recorded deaths. But major Fox figures helped politicize face coverings, turning their usage into a culture war issue, and continue to blatantly misrepresent scientific findings to dispute their effectiveness.

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Shady Executive Got $4.5 Million Federal Mask Deal Despite FTC Sanctions

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

Desperate to acquire masks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, two federal agencies gave nearly $20 million in contracts to a newly formed California company without realizing it was partly run by a man whose business activities were under sanction by the Federal Trade Commission, court records show.

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court judge froze the company's assets, most of which had come from the Department of Veterans Affairs in a $5.4 million mask deal. A story by ProPublica revealed Jason Cardiff's role in operating VPL Medical LLC in June.

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