The Wrap: YouTube Purges Florida Governor Video Over Claims Children Don’t Need to Wear Masks

The Wrap: YouTube Purges Florida Governor Video Over Claims Children Don’t Need to Wear Masks. “YouTube has deleted a video in which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a handful of medical experts questioned the effectiveness of having children wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. The video, which was removed on Wednesday, was of a recent roundtable discussion DeSantis moderated on the global response to the pandemic.”

NPR: Should Masking Last Beyond The Pandemic? Flu And Colds Are Down, Spurring A Debate

NPR: Should Masking Last Beyond The Pandemic? Flu And Colds Are Down, Spurring A Debate. “A study released this month in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, led by researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, found that across 44 children’s hospitals, the number of pediatric patients hospitalized for respiratory illnesses is down 62%. Deaths have dropped dramatically too, compared with the last 10 years: The number of flu deaths among children is usually between 100 and 200 per year, but so far only one child has died from the disease in the U.S. during the 2020-2021 flu season.”

Business Insider: Southwest Airlines passengers dance and cheer as couple accused of refusing to wear masks gets thrown off flight

Business Insider: Southwest Airlines passengers dance and cheer as couple accused of refusing to wear masks gets thrown off flight. “A TikTok video shows an entire plane clapping and cheering after a couple is escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight, Newsweek reported. In the video shared by user Brendan Edler, a woman is seen arguing with a crew member.”

AP: Discarded masks litter beaches worldwide, threaten sea life

AP: Discarded masks litter beaches worldwide, threaten sea life. “Discarded masks and gloves started showing up on beaches not long after the virus began circulating widely last year, and continued to appear as quarantine-weary people sought an escape at the beach. In the second half of 2020, more than 107,000 items of PPE were collected by volunteers around the world according to the Ocean Conservancy group — a figure its members believe is a vast undercount of the year’s true totals.”

The Hill: Sarah Palin encourages mask wearing after revealing COVID-19 diagnosis

The Hill: Sarah Palin encourages mask wearing after revealing COVID-19 diagnosis. “Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) says that she previously tested positive for coronavirus and is encouraging Americans to mask up in order to slow its spread. Palin, 57, confirmed her COVID-19 diagnosis in an interview with People magazine published Wednesday, stating that she and some of her family members, including her son and daughter, tested positive.”

CNBC: Covid masks and hand sanitizer can get you a tax break, IRS says

CNBC: Covid masks and hand sanitizer can get you a tax break, IRS says. “Americans can get a tax break this filing season for masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and other personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the IRS announced Friday. The tax code lets taxpayers deduct medical costs that exceed 7.5% of their adjusted gross income each year. The IRS is counting costs incurred for PPE as a medical expense that qualifies for the tax break.”

Israel 21c: SonoMask for Covid also kills acne-causing bacteria

Israel 21c: SonoMask for Covid also kills acne-causing bacteria. “Clearer skin may be an unexpected bonus of wearing a Sonovia facemask to protect against Covid-19. It turns out that in addition to actively eliminating 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles that encounter the Israeli-made zinc oxide-embedded fabric SonoMasks, over 99% of acne-causing bacteria also is eliminated.”

Gizmodo: Researchers Put Cloth Face Masks Under a Microscope. The Images Are Out of This World

Gizmodo: Researchers Put Cloth Face Masks Under a Microscope. The Images Are Out of This World. “After seeing the destruction covid-19 has wreaked around the world, it can seem incredible that something as simple as a cloth face mask could slow the spread of the virus. (PSA: They do. Please wear a mask). However, you probably won’t feel the same way once you see the spectacular images of cloth face masks under a scanning electron microscope captured by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.”

Covid: Masks and social distancing ‘could last years’ (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Masks and social distancing ‘could last years’. “People may need to wear face coverings and socially distance for several years until we return to normality, a leading epidemiologist has predicted. Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England, said basic measures could be in place until other countries successfully roll out jabs. She also said a return of big spectator events required careful monitoring and clear instructions about staying safe.”

Poynter: Do masks really work? Here are PolitiFact’s answers for mask skeptics.

Poynter: Do masks really work? Here are PolitiFact’s answers for mask skeptics.. “We’ve been reviewing mask science since the start of the pandemic, and we’re persuaded that mask-wearing is a good idea. But if you’re not, we wanted to address your questions head on. Here’s the latest research on the efficacy of masks and answers to questions, from readers and our own team, on what we know and what we don’t about mask-wearing.”

NBC News: Ammon Bundy refuses to wear a mask in court, arrested for missing trial

NBC News: Ammon Bundy refuses to wear a mask in court, arrested for missing trial. “Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested in Idaho on Monday after he refused to wear a mask in court, thus preventing him from entering and making him a no-show for his own trial, officials said. Ammon Bundy was due in a Boise courtroom at 8:15 a.m. for the beginning of his trial on misdemeanor trespassing and resisting arrest charges stemming from an August incident at the Idaho Statehouse.”

CNN: Woman arrested after refusing to wear a mask in a Texas bank

CNN: Woman arrested after refusing to wear a mask in a Texas bank. “Police body camera footage obtained by CNN affiliate KTRK shows a woman being arrested at a Galveston, Texas, bank after she refused to wear a mask or leave. The arrest occurred Thursday, the day after an order by Gov. Greg Abbott rolled back some of the state’s Covid-19 restrictions, including the state’s mask mandate. Private business, however, are still allowed to require masks at their discretion.”