‘It’s a great victory:’ Orange County School Board Chair, teacher’s union praises ruling on masks
Orange County Schools was the only school district in Central Florida to join 9 others, in enacting mask mandates despite the Governor's executive order banning school districts from doing so. However, after a Leon County judge ruled districts actually can enact masks mandates, Orange County School Board Chairwoman Teresa Jacobs felt relief.
Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings
Tasha Arevalo, right, laughs with Joseph Butler while eating at Mo's Irish Pub, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Houston. Greg Abbott announced that he is lifting business capacity limits and the state's mask mandate starting next week. The Lone Star State will also do away with limits on the number of diners who can be served indoors, said Republican Gov. She added: “We are not where we need to be yet, but we’re getting there, San Francisco.”Mississippi Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s virus policies, and many people are ignoring mask requirements and other measures, said group leader Erik Kiilunen.
CDC study finds two masks better than one vs. COVID-19
The researchers found that wearing one mask — surgical or cloth — blocked around 40% of the particles coming toward the head that was breathing in. When a cloth mask was worn on top of a surgical mask, about 80% were blocked. The study had many limitations: The researchers used one brand of surgical mask and one kind of cloth mask, and it's not clear if results would be the same with every product. AdTwo months later, after it became clear that infected people who did not exhibit symptoms could spread the virus, the CDC began recommending people wear masks in public. A recent University of California survey suggested that only about half of U.S. adults wear masks when in close contact with people outside their household.
Does wearing two masks really provide more protection?
Does wearing two masks provide more protection? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a cloth mask made with two or more layers, and ensuring it covers your nose and mouth. Gandhi said that combination -- with either mask on top -- could help achieve a similar effect as the N95 mask. Another option Gandhi and a colleague recommend for situations where you want “maximum” protection: A two-layer cloth mask that has a filter material in between. Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?
$500 fine: Tampa’s mayor issues outdoor mask order for Super Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. – Anyone visiting Tampa’s popular outdoor destinations for the Super Bowl will be required to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor signed an executive order Wednesday saying masks must be worn outside while downtown, in neighborhoods around Raymond James Stadium — where the Super Bowl will be held — and in other tourist hotspots. It will remain in place until Feb. 13 — nearly a week after the Super Bowl ends. “We are incredibly excited to host a fun and safe Super Bowl here in Tampa — but we need everyone to do their part. There will be official game events around the city, including The Super Bowl Experience, which features live music, food, beverages and football-themed activities.
Need more masks? Volusia County has you covered
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Even though the vaccine is becoming more and more available, health officials strongly urge everyone across the country to continue wearing their masks. If you find that your stockpile is running low, Volusia County has begun distributing 100,000 surgical face masks. The face masks were provided by the state of Florida. So far, the county has distributed over 500,000 face masks within the community. If you can’t make it to one of the locations or do not live in Volusia County, you can find affordable surgical face masks here.
5 ways to keep skin healthy beneath a mask
It’s one of the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 but wearing a mask can also cause your skin to break out. If you’re having trouble keeping your skin clear beneath a mask? “Maskne” is defined as acne or other skin irritations that result from wearing a mask. First, wash your face before and after putting on a mask and use an oil free water-based moisturizer but not too much. Finally, if the loops of the mask are causing irritation to the skin around the ears, make sure your mask fits properly.
Seminole County Schools extends mask mandate
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Students in Seminole County will have to follow the district’s mask mandate for a little longer. The school board voted Tuesday to extend the mandate indefinitely so that if Florida’s state of emergency expires, the mandate will still remain in effect. [TRENDING: ‘Smell of rotting flesh’ leads to body in trunk | How to celebrate Halloween during pandemic | 98 ‘murder hornets’ removed]The mandate, which requires anyone on school property to wear a face covering, was originally put in place for 90 days in August. However, the school board approved a change that removes the time limit for the mandate.
Delta bans 460 anti-maskers from flying
Delta Airlines has banned more than 450 people from flying for not following its mask policy, according to CNN. In a new memo to employees, Delta’s CEO said 460 people are on its “no-fly” list for refusing to comply with the company’s mask requirement. On May 4, Delta began requiring passengers to wear masks on flights. The airline says the policy is to protect the health and safety of passengers and crew members. [TRENDING: Vote for Trump or else | Woman on Delta flight punches attendant over mask | Disneyland blasts state’s guidance over closure]All major airlines now mandate that passengers wear masks in the absence of any new regulations from the federal government.
Here’s how to get a free mask that smells like fried chicken
First, there was a face mask that looked and smelled like bacon. It’s also a promotion for the fast-food burger chain’s new chicken sandwich. Or perhaps it is better to refer to the new offering as an un-chicken sandwich since it is plant-based. FREE Chicken Scented Face Mask Check out my new FREE Chicken Scented Face Mask available for you to get one on 10/23/20 @ 10am PST at https://jbox.cc/ChickenScentedMask It’s chicken-y, like my new plant-based Unchicken Sandwich™ available in only Reno, NV, and Monterey, CA! The free face covering will be available on the chain’s website at no cost starting Friday at 1 p.m.
‘Pork-scented technology:’ Hormel foods giving away bacon-scented masks
It may be pumpkin spice season, but one food company wants to tease your olfactory system with another favorite: bacon. | President Trump returning to Central Florida]According to Hormel, the limited-edition mask uses the “latest in pork-scented technology,” whatever that is. You can try to score a free mask by registering at breathablebacon.com. It’s not known if the masks will be sold for people who don’t win a free one. At least if you don’t win, Hormel will still donate one meal to Feeding America for every request, up to 10,000.
Apple’s new mask wearing emoji has hidden smile
There is something hiding behind Apple’s mask emoji. Apple has reportedly re-designed its mask-wearing emoji. According to the emojipedia, it now matches its current smiling face emoji right down to the identical eyebrows and rosy cheeks. [TRENDING: Newlywed couple killed in plane crash | Ballot for dead wife meant to ‘test system’ | FSU president tests positive for COVID-19]Before, the masked emoji had a more sad look. The newer, happier mask-wearing emoji is expected to hit the public soon with Apple’s IOS 14.2 release.
How do I politely ask someone to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic?
How do I politely ask someone to wear a mask? Experts say you should make the request discreetly because shaming the person could put them on the defensive. “Someone feels less threatened when you say, ‘Here’s what the experts say’,” Kavookjian said. Public health experts say masks are key to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Rather than risk a confrontation, experts say it might be best to steer clear of people without masks in public if you can.
11 pop culture face masks that would be fun to wear in public
Whether you like it or not, wearing a face mask in public has become the new norm when it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. Disposable face masks work great, but with no design whatsoever. (Whiskey and Zen/Etsy)Who wouldn’t love a face mask from the Rose Apothecary in Schitt’s Creek? This face mask hopefully will give people at the grocery store a chuckle. Wear a face mask around your friends and family to protect them from COVID-19, plus make some people smile with this “Golden Girls” tribute.
No charges for Florida man who pulled gun during mask dispute at Walmart
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Felony charges have been dropped against a Florida man who pointed a gun at another Walmart shopper in a dispute over not wearing a mask, authorities said. It showed Scavetta pointing a gun during the argument with Christopher Estrada, who was with his young daughter. Scavetta said Estrada struck him in the forehead with an umbrella and that led him to pull out his weapon. Police said Scavetta turned in his gun and has a valid concealed carry permit. Estrada said he raised the umbrella after Scavetta threatened him but wasn't sure if it made contact.
FDA clears first fully transparent surgical mask
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the OK for the world’s first fully transparent surgical mask. They're made by ClearMask, an American medical supply company. Traditional surgical masks block mouths, which can sometimes impede effective communication. The company says ClearMask helps improve visual communication while still offering a high level of protection. ClearMask says their masks are especially helpful for people with hearing impairments and during conversations between people who don't speak the same language.
How you can make wearing a mask fashionable and fun
Wearing a mask out in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is just another sign of the times these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan thinks this is a perfect time to up your fashion game and get creative when it comes to wearing a face covering, and most importantly, to make it easy when making your own face mask. Jordan suggest glamming up plain old black or white masks with something a little bit more exciting. As for a black mask, try embellishing it with a few rhinestones or jewels. Don’t go overboard with them, but a few could really make a black mask pop in the light.
Study: Neck gaiter worse than not wearing mask. Here’s why
According to health experts, neck gaiters could even spread the virus further than not wearing a covering at all. Researchers from Duke University found that the neck gaiter they tested was “worse than nothing.”“The neck gaiter that we tested did essentially nothing, and worse than nothing, because it appeared to make large droplets into small droplets,” Isaac Henrion, the study’s co-author, told CBS News. Neck gaiters are made of a circular piece of fabric that sits around a person’s neck. Health experts say if a neck gaiter was made with two layers of cotton, it could be more effective. Walt Disney World banned neck gaiters last month, saying guests will be required to wear a mask with ear loops or ties.
Spit particles landed in his face: Florida man accused of spitting on boy for wearing mask
TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. A Florida man was arrested after confronting a child wearing a mask at a restaurant and spitting in his face when the boy refused to take it off, police said. Jason Copenhaver approached the child's table Sunday and asked the boy if he was wearing a mask, according to Treasure Island police. He then grabbed the boy's hand tightly and put his face next to the child's, telling the boy he now had the coronavirus, according to police reports. Victim stated that (Copenhaver) was in such close proximity that spit particles from (Copenhavers) mouth landed in his face, an officer wrote in the police report. Police said Copenhaver told them he didnt know if he had coronavirus and has never been tested.
Florida man charged with pulling gun during mask dispute at Walmart
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Florida man is facing felony charges for pointing a gun at another Walmart shopper who had told him to wear a mask, officials said Thursday. That made it difficult to breath and fogged his glasses, so he took it off, he told investigators. The men agreed in their statements that Estrada told Scavetta he should wear a mask and Scavetta cursed at him. Estrada told Scavetta not to curse in front of his daughter. Scavetta, who has a concealed weapons permit, told investigators he pulled his .40-caliber handgun because he feared for his life.
Unmasked shopper flashes gun in Brevard store requiring face-covering
“I said, ‘Are you intending to shoot me over a mask?’” White said. In turn, many businesses and states or localities have mandated that people wear face masks. Brevard County has opted not to mandate face masks, with the commissioners saying they don't believe requiring face coverings is their place. Many media reports describe employees or customers being assaulted verbally and, in some cases, physically for asking patrons to wear masks. I need to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior towards our Team Members.”Tire Kingdom will begin requiring customers to wear face masks on Thursday.
Video: Shopper pulls gun on man in dispute over mask at Florida Walmart
ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. An unmasked man pulled a gun on a masked shopper and threatened to kill him during an apparent confrontation over masks at a Florida Walmart store, sheriff's officials said. The Royal Palm Beach store's security video shows the unmasked man pushing an older man in a wheelchair through the store on Saturday afternoon, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. That's when the unmasked man gives the shopper the middle finger before pulling a handgun from his waistband, the sheriff's office said. The unmasked man made a death threat before leaving the store. The man then pushes the wheelchair to the parking lot and the pair left in a white Chevrolet Equinox SUV, sheriff's officials said.
This letter brought a Publix employee to tears -- the happy kind
“I told him smiling is a part of our uniform and I want to make my customers happy in these hard times. And we have deaf customers. “All other customers are so happy to see my smile and (they’re) giving so many compliments.”Now, back to the letter. As happy as Knowles felt being able to better communicate with customers, it had nothing on what Travers wrote on her behalf to Publix management. Asli texted, ‘I like to smile and I think this pandemic is making everyone upset and I want to make customers happy with my smile.
City of DeLand, Titusville set to discuss mask mandate possibility
DELAND, Fla. City officials in DeLand and Titusville are expected to meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss the possibilities of issuing a mask order. On Wednesday, City Commissioners in New Smyrna Beach voted three to two to mandate the wearing of face masks. Seminole County mask mandate went into effect Wednesday. In Volusia County, officials agreed they want people to voluntarily wear a mask rather than enforcing a mask mandate. The DeLand commissioners meeting is set at 4 p.m. Council meeting to consider mandatory mask legislation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Titusville.
American booking full flights next week; Big Lots still busy
Travelers wear mask as they wait at the American Airlines ticket counter in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Chicago. Beginning June 16 at American Airlines and June 18 at United Airlines, all passengers and crew members will be required to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Masks are not just a fashion accessory. Here’s everything you need to know about protecting yourself -- and others
Whether we like it or not, face masks have become the new “it” item of 2020. According to Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. Rajiv Bahl, face masks are an effective way to keep from spreading COVID-19, but not all masks are created equal. Just like a bicycle helmet, if a face mask is not worn properly, it’s not providing proper protection. Yes - you absolutely need to wash a cloth face mask, just as you would your other laundry to maintain sanitary use. “Wearing cloth face coverings is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” officials with the organization said.
‘I think it’s a great step forward:’ Oviedo mayor supports CDC recommendation to wear face masks in public
OVIEDO, Fla. – Oviedo Mayor Megan Sladeck said federal health officials are taking the right steps after recommending healthy people wear face masks to protect themselves against COVID-19. She encouraged people to wear face masks while in public spaces before federal health officials supported the idea. On Friday, the CDC announced new guidelines that said people should wear masks to stop people from transmitting the virus before they know they have it. On Saturday News 6 saw some shoppers in Oviedo wearing face masks and others were not. Sladek is hoping more people will wear face masks now that health officials are on board.
Police: Man points gun at women in masks, feared coronavirus
ATLANTA – Authorities say a Georgia man who feared getting the coronavirus pointed a gun at two women wearing medical masks and gloves in a post office. [CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING: Daily ClickOrlando.com newsletter delivered to your inbox]Police say the suspect confronted a woman and her adult granddaughter in a building north of Atlanta on Sunday. READ MORE: Prince Charles, 71, tests positive for coronavirusHe was identified by news outlets as 75-year-old Harvey Joel Taratoot. The victims told police Taratoot pulled out his handgun and yelled at them to get back after they entered the post office. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.