COVID-19: Not Wearing a Face Covering in Public Will Be Considered a Crime

The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in West Hollywood has grown by three since yesterday, and now is 163. And the City of West Hollywood has announced that Sheriff’s deputies can issue citations to those who don’t where face coverings in public, which are requiring beginning Saturday.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Department reports there have been 1,324  newly confirmed cases across the county as of noon today, which brings the total to 40,857.  The Health Department says there have been 57 new deaths associated with virus, bringing that total to 1,970 thus far.

The number of confirmed infections in Beverly Hills remains static, with no increase from the 125 infections reported on Monday. The number of infections in Culver City has increased by one to 130. The number of infections in the Hollywood neighborhood increased by three to 239.  The number of confirmed infections in the Melrose neighborhood increased by five to a total of 476.

The Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard continues to report that only four West Hollywood residents have died of COVID-19-related infections.   As of today it reports that 2,062 have been tested for the virus, the first time that data has been updated in several weeks.

Beginning Saturday, the City of West Hollywood will require everyone — essential workers and the general public —to wear face coverings in public, such as scarves (dense fabric without holes), bandanas, neck gaiters, or similar coverings of any other material that reduces transmission of germs anytime they are out in public. Face coverings will not be required for children under two years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. Children between two- and eight-years-old should only wear face coverings with adult supervision.

Such coverings have been determined to reduce the likelihood that an infected person can transmit the COVID-19 virus through the air by coughing or sneezing or even talking. Some people who are infected may be unaware of it and not showing symptoms at first.

Sheriff’s deputies will monitor compliance with the face covering rule and, according to the city, “will provide education and warnings, and will cite as appropriate. Not wearing a face covering is considered a crime and individuals are subject to citation.”

In an announcement of the requirement, the city said it recommends cloth face coverings. Residents should refrain from using N95 and medical-grade masks, which should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

The best protection against COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolate if you are sick, practice physical distancing (especially by staying at home) and wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household.  Sheriff’s deputies will monitor compliance with the face coverings rule and “will provide education and warnings, and will cite as appropriate,” says the city announcement. Not wearing a face covering is considered a crime and individuals are subject to citation.

Businesses that can allow customers to enter must provide a cloth face covering for all employees to wear while performing duties that involve contact with other employees and or the public and to post physical distancing plans.

Residents with questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and who are looking for resources to deal with it can find answers on the City of West Hollywood’s  website.  Here is a list of links to sections about particular issues:

Below is a list of cities and neighborhoods in Los Angeles County with the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in each.  They are ranked by the number of infections per 100,000 people, which is a measure of the density of infections.

Unincorporated – Saugus42580.65
City of Industry112517.16
Unincorporated – West LA222310.92
Los Angeles – Little Armenia1702118.38
Los Angeles – Wholesale District*5081406.07
Los Angeles – Pico-Union4531082.64
Unincorporated – Castaic*2831040.79
Los Angeles – San Pedro*8061032.83
Los Angeles – Vermont Square72940.32
Los Angeles – Westlake549924.94
Los Angeles – St Elmo Village41894.42
Los Angeles – Vernon Central423813.49
Los Angeles – Historic Filipinotown110793.08
Los Angeles – Panorama City596792.03
Los Angeles – Sylmar*632767.01
Los Angeles – Valley Village186752.43
Unincorporated – Santa Catalina Island2749.06
Los Angeles – Pacoima562730.07
Los Angeles – West Vernon370689.73
Los Angeles – Central268687.32
Los Angeles – Crestview78686.14
Los Angeles – Lakeview Terrace90685.3
City of San Fernando168682.59
Los Angeles – Canoga Park437669.33
Los Angeles – Vermont Knolls115668.6
Los Angeles – East Hollywood195665.82
Los Angeles – South Park248653.3
Los Angeles – Temple-Beaudry255645.86
Unincorporated – Florence-Firestone415641.37
Los Angeles – Reseda Ranch29625.54
Los Angeles – Van Nuys581623.43
Los Angeles – Arleta213619.73
Los Angeles – West Adams170615.27
Los Angeles – Melrose476612.64
City of Bell222611.03
Los Angeles – Harvard Park230606.3
Los Angeles – Vermont Vista249604.57
Los Angeles – Sunland123602.7
Los Angeles – Victoria Park49583.4
Los Angeles – Lincoln Heights189579.81
Los Angeles – Florence-Firestone275579.62
City of Pico Rivera369574.02
Los Angeles – Green Meadows123571.96
City of Cudahy139570.91
Los Angeles – Reseda435567.76
Los Angeles – Harvard Heights102565.57
Los Angeles – Boyle Heights*476547.86
Los Angeles – North Hills334542.43
City of Maywood152541.91
Los Angeles – Country Club Park82541.15
City of Huntington Park320537.96
Unincorporated – Walnut Park85526.54
City of Lynwood*375520.49
Los Angeles – Angelino Heights13519.58
Los Angeles – Glassell Park163515.76
Unincorporated – East Los Angeles645514.89
Los Angeles – Mission Hills123509.87
Los Angeles – Century Palms/Cove172509.39
Los Angeles – University Park137498.98
Los Angeles – Carthay71494.33
Unincorporated – Rancho Dominguez13488.54
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie40487.69
Los Angeles19505482.25
City of Vernon1478.47
Los Angeles – Crenshaw District66477.26
Unincorporated – Palmdale4475.06
Los Angeles – Gramercy Place51473.8
Los Angeles – Winnetka245473.1
Los Angeles – Exposition Park210467.53
Los Angeles – Sun Valley242461.1
City of Montebello293455.15
Unincorporated – Val Verde15453.31
Los Angeles – Baldwin Hills141453.01
Los Angeles – Watts193452.27
Unincorporated – Bassett67452.18
Unincorporated – Athens Village22449.25
City of South Pasadena117449.08
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Pearblossom16448.3
Unincorporated – Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez15446.3
City of Duarte98445.13
City of Inglewood503442.85
Los Angeles – Longwood19441.45
City of West Hollywood163441.12
Unincorporated – Canyon Country34439.96
Unincorporated – Monrovia17438.03
Los Angeles – Hancock Park74434.3
Unincorporated – Athens-Westmont183431.18
City of Bell Gardens185429.52
Los Angeles – Koreatown222429.46
Los Angeles – Chatsworth159429.02
City of South Gate416423.82
Los Angeles – Jefferson Park34421.16
City of Glendale869420.84
Los Angeles – Hyde Park120420.45
City of Downey472413.08
Los Angeles – Elysian Valley42412.94
Unincorporated – West Carson90407.5
City of Paramount228406.98
Los Angeles – Wellington Square20406.92
City of Compton405405.39
Los Angeles – Downtown*111403.53
Los Angeles – Granada Hills232398.69
Los Angeles – Palms173394.28
Los Angeles – Bel Air33391.51
Unincorporated – Rosewood5388.8
Los Angeles – Wilshire Center195388.68
Los Angeles – Lake Balboa163386.2
Los Angeles – Little Bangladesh109384.57
Los Angeles – Little Tokyo12383.02
City of Carson359382.54
Los Angeles – North Hollywood579382.38
Los Angeles – Northridge265379.67
Los Angeles – Cadillac-Corning27379.16
Los Angeles – Tujunga104373.97
Unincorporated – Lennox84372.64
City of Hawthorne329370.55
City of Palmdale588369.89
Los Angeles – Tarzana114369.22
Los Angeles – Eagle Rock146368.79
Unincorporated – West Rancho Dominguez5367.92
Los Angeles – Valley Glen110366.47
City of Beverly Hills125362.11
Unincorporated – Willowbrook126360.9
City of Bellflower280360.2
Los Angeles – Silverlake158358.41
Los Angeles – Cloverdale/Cochran52357.31
Unincorporated – West Whittier/Los Nietos95352.83
Los Angeles – Lafayette Square16350.95
Los Angeles – Hollywood239350.16
Unincorporated – Littlerock14348.17
City of Gardena212345.78
Los Angeles – Alsace43345.52
Unincorporated – Duarte15338.75
Unincorporated – La Rambla7337.35
City of Burbank360335.88
Unincorporated – West Puente Valley33335.54
Los Angeles – El Sereno140334.86
Unincorporated – North Lancaster4333.89
Los Angeles – Figueroa Park Square29332.53
Los Angeles – Harbor Pines8332.09
City of Monrovia128329.9
City of Culver City130326.1
Los Angeles – Leimert Park49321.63
Unincorporated – Whittier12317.12
Los Angeles – Studio City71316.4
Los Angeles – Highland Park151312.04
City of Palos Verdes Estates42310.6
City of Lancaster*496306.99
Los Angeles – Mt. Washington74306.48
City of South El Monte64306.44
Los Angeles – Toluca Terrace4306.28
City of El Monte359306.13
Los Angeles – Mid-city46306.05
Unincorporated – Covina51303.23
Unincorporated – Glendora2303.03
City of Temple City110301.74
Los Angeles – West Hills122300.9
Unincorporated – Altadena129295.74
Unincorporated – South San Gabriel26293.85
Los Angeles – University Hills10291.63
Los Angeles – Wilmington163288.56
City of Norwalk310288.05
Los Angeles – Echo Park41287.6
Los Angeles – Beverly Crest36287.43
Los Angeles – Atwater Village42286.38
City of Whittier250285.94
Unincorporated – Kagel/Lopez Canyons4283.29
Los Angeles – South Carthay30283.15
City of Commerce37283.11
Unincorporated – Avocado Heights19280.44
City of Baldwin Park214278.76
City of La Mirada138278.23
City of Lawndale93276.67
Unincorporated – Azusa44276.33
City of Santa Clarita609276.29
City of Irwindale4274.16
Unincorporated – Del Aire12273.16
City of Malibu35270.04
City of Covina132269.21
Unincorporated – View Park/Windsor Hills31266.44
City of Santa Monica244263.94
Los Angeles – Hollywood Hills77261.6
Unincorporated – Covina (Charter Oak)34258.67
Los Angeles – Beverlywood34258.1
City of Santa Fe Springs47255.94
City of Azusa128255.8
Los Angeles – Thai Town25254.87
Unincorporated – Ladera Heights18254.56
Unincorporated – Valinda59252.45
Los Angeles – Encino114252.37
Los Angeles – Harbor Gateway109250
Unincorporated – Quartz Hill32247.95
Los Angeles – Elysian Park14245.1
Los Angeles – Century City31242.34
Unincorporated – San Jose Hills49242.32
Unincorporated – Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain4241.25
Los Angeles – Brentwood74239.06
Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks207237.24
Los Angeles – Reynier Village10236.52
Los Angeles – Harbor City68233.92
City of La Canada Flintridge48231.96
City of Torrance345231.13
Unincorporated – East Rancho Dominguez35228.64
Unincorporated – Valencia7227.86
Los Angeles – Shadow Hills10225.12
Unincorporated – South El Monte4222.84
Los Angeles – Miracle Mile40222.41
Los Angeles – Porter Ranch79221.98
City of Lomita46221.91
City of West Covina238219.89
Los Angeles – View Heights8216.57
City of San Gabriel88214.88
City of Calabasas52213.79
Los Angeles – Del Rey64213.79
Los Angeles – Woodland Hills145213.06
Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades45211.36
Unincorporated – South Whittier125211.07
Los Angeles – Manchester Square18210.87
Unincorporated – East La Mirada11207.86
Unincorporated – Lake Los Angeles27207.79
Los Angeles – Cheviot Hills19207.17
Los Angeles – Marina Peninsula9206.42
City of Manhattan Beach74205.56
City of Pomona319204.58
Los Angeles – Los Feliz44203.63
Los Angeles – Playa Vista22200.97
Unincorporated – Desert View Highlands5200.56
Unincorporated – Wiseburn12199.1
Unincorporated – Hawthorne5198.89
City of Monterey Park122195.95
City of Glendora103195.21
City of Cerritos97193.74
Unincorporated – El Camino Village17193.38
City of El Segundo32190.64
City of Rancho Palos Verdes81189.49
City of La Puente77189.2
City of Bradbury2187.09
Los Angeles – Chinatown15187.01
City of Redondo Beach128186.33
Unincorporated – Rowland Heights94184.23
Unincorporated – Hacienda Heights103184.17
City of Hawaiian Gardens27183.97
Los Angeles – Toluca Lake16183.82
Unincorporated – Lake Manor3182.59
Unincorporated – Sun Village11182.24
City of Alhambra158182.19
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles68180.68
Unincorporated – Elizabeth Lake3180.61
Los Angeles – Exposition6180.4
Los Angeles – Venice61180.02
City of Lakewood144179.19
Los Angeles – Mar Vista74174.24
Los Angeles – Rancho Park11167.68
Los Angeles – Westchester86166.66
Los Angeles – Toluca Woods3161.46
City of Rolling Hills Estates13160.24
City of Agoura Hills33158.02
Los Angeles – Sycamore Square1154.56
Unincorporated – Sunrise Village2154.32
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Juniper Hills2154.2
City of Signal Hill18152.58
City of San Marino20150.64
Unincorporated – Northeast San Gabriel36149.78
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes1149.7
Unincorporated – Marina del Rey14148.76
Unincorporated – La Verne3147.06
City of La Habra Heights8146.65
City of Hermosa Beach28142.35
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch28133.55
Unincorporated – West Antelope Valley2132.36
Unincorporated – East Whittier7131.93
Unincorporated – La Crescenta-Montrose26131.31
City of Rosemead70126.47
Unincorporated – Acton10125.45
Los Angeles – Park La Brea17125.18
City of Artesia21125.04
Unincorporated – North Whittier10119.62
City of Arcadia68117.74
City of Walnut35114.63
Unincorporated – Leona Valley2114.22
Unincorporated – Llano1114.03
City of San Dimas39112.99
Los Angeles – Westwood61112.74
Los Angeles – Faircrest Heights4111.11
Los Angeles – Regent Square3107.91
Unincorporated – Santa Monica Mountains20107.41
City of Rolling Hills2103.09
Unincorporated – Pearblossom/Llano2102.25
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce496.2
City of Claremont3390.45
City of Diamond Bar5290.41
Unincorporated – Del Sur282.82
City of Sierra Madre981.9
Unincorporated – White Fence Farms381.46
Los Angeles – Palisades Highlands378
Unincorporated – Arcadia675.18
City of La Verne2575.12
City of Westlake Village671.77
Unincorporated – Anaverde166.31
Los Angeles – Playa Del Rey262.58
City of Hidden Hills152.91
Unincorporated – Pomona151.6
Unincorporated – San Pasqual149.14
Unincorporated – East Pasadena346.85
Los Angeles – Mandeville Canyon132.01
City of Avalon00
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest00
Los Angeles – Brookside00
Unincorporated – Angeles National Forest00
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon00
Unincorporated – Bradbury00
Unincorporated – Cerritos00
Unincorporated – Charter Oak00
Unincorporated – Claremont00
Unincorporated – Del Rey00
Unincorporated – East Covina00
Unincorporated – East Lancaster00
Unincorporated – El Monte00
Unincorporated – Franklin Canyon00
Unincorporated – Harbor Gateway00
Unincorporated – Hi Vista00
Unincorporated – La Habra Heights00
Unincorporated – Lakewood00
Unincorporated – Miracle Mile00
Unincorporated – Newhall00
Unincorporated – Palos Verdes Peninsula00
Unincorporated – Pellissier Village00
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon00
Unincorporated – Roosevelt00
Unincorporated – Rosewood/East Gardena00
Unincorporated – San Clemente Island00
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon00
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon00
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country00
Unincorporated – South Antelope Valley00
Unincorporated – Southeast Antelope Valley00
Unincorporated – West Chatsworth00
Unincorporated – Westfield/Academy Hills00
Unincorporated – Westhills00
Unincorporated – Whittier Narrows00
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Joël Huxtable

Let me get this straight. So, the govt puts me out of work — shuts down my entire industry. Then strings me along for two and a half months with the promise that I might get some unemployment benefits (as of this date, I have received none), and then, THEN, as we approach the “end of the curve”, they’re gonna fine me. Maybe arrest me for this. While they still get paid. And they still have a job. Me walking or riding down the street with out a covering on a nice sunny day is absolutely not going to make… Read more »

DD Donelly
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DD Donelly

You cannot cite someone for not wearing a mask. It is strongly suggested but not law to wear one. When it is 80+ degrees and engaged in aggressive activity, such as running, wearing a face covering can lead to hypoxia.

WehoFan
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WehoFan

Good luck enforcing this.

Anthony Dabiere
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Anthony Dabiere

Remember when the only people in masks out and about doing regular things were Asians? Ask yourself, what were your thoughts at the time…I know I was thinking, “ what do they know that I don’t?”.

Peterman
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Peterman

Attention. The helicopters are flying over WeHo looking for non maskers.

Buckley
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Buckley

Recently the helicopters have become like a scene from Blade Runner

scott sigman
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scott sigman

I have severe chronic COPD I wear masks due to high pollution days ,smoke, gardeers blowers, fires,and cleaning products. One year I have worn the mask while walking my dog. Sweetzer has tremendous amount of cars as a thru way I have know choice My lungs cleaner than ever. I wear the mask so acute asthma and zero breathing never happens to me again. Bike riders told me why to buy N99 is more functional for my day to day life. Now I blend in. easy to clean and replace filters. Pollen is another great astbma source health in general-… Read more »

Manju
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Manju

Three of my elderly friends have died of COVID-19. The only times they left their homes were to buy food or go to the bank, yet somehow they got the virus. Because none of us knows if we might be infected, wearing a mask is the least any of us can do to unwittingly expose another human being to this virus. It’s not about me, it’s about others; and doing what I can to protect their health. I gladly comply with this instruction until such time as there is a proven, widely available vaccine. Stay safe WeHo.

Woody McBreairty
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Woody McBreairty

Good

Marie Curie
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Marie Curie

This is the biggest pack of BS we’ve ever been sold. You CANNOT catch this thing OUTDOORS if you’re six feet apart. It’s PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. PHYSICALLY. IMPOSSIBLE. Especially if it’s hot out. And no, there probably aren’t more cases. It’s just that people are getting tests. The goal was always to flatten the curve ENOUGH to wear health care workers could HANDLE the case loads. We have achieved that. Now they’ve moved the goal posts. I for one will blissfully walk my dog down the sidewalk with no mask. If someone comes towards me I will get out of their… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I would love to believe you, but before you make these claims in ALL CAPS, can you please direct us to the science that proves this? Seriously, I would love to see it because I think you’re likely right, but assuming this is fact and behaving as such is what keeps this virus so threatening. At least it sounds like you’re sensible enough to step aside and protect others, but too many are not. If everyone would at least extend that courtesy, such draconian measures won’t have to be taken.

jedwards1
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jedwards1

This blog won’t let you post counter arguments so we can’t even begin to defend our claims!

Henry (Hank) Scott
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WEHOville welcomes comments from people with all points of view. However, we do not post comments that made false claims, particularly those that make false claims about treatments for or causes of public health issues.

Steve
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Steve

Opinions are not facts. The above post states things in absolutes at a time when even our top scientists state things as “recommendations”. If you or Marie Curie can provide a link to a hard fact, I am certain it will be posted and I would welcome that. Conspiracy theories and conjecture do nothing for anyone. I am certain masks aren’t perfect, but I am willing to do what I need to decrease risk. This isn’t a “freedom” or “rights” issue – we have an international health crisis and some of us look at things through a global lens vs.… Read more »

Vigilant
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Vigilant

Excellent comment Steve. That would be a good practice for Wehoville to follow through with. Accuracy starts at home……..

Henry (Hank) Scott
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WEHOville encourages all readers to alert it if they notice an error in a story. If the error is confirmed it will be corrected with a notation of the error added to the story. Op-eds must be factually correct but the opinion is that of the author, not WEHOville

jedwards1
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jedwards1

DrJudyAMikovits explained it VERY well in her video–“Masks are killing some people”

SurgeonGeneral “masks not useful”

Dr. Fauci: “We Should Not Be Wearing Masks. There Are Unintended Consequences From It…”

Henry (Hank) Scott
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Your comment has been published to allow you to call out your position to West Hollywood residents, but in the interest of public safety, the editor must note that there is no real scientific evidence to support the danger of masks or your claims that those various chemicals and medicines cure COVID-19

Rodrigo
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Rodrigo

Hank, can you point us to studies that show homemade masks are effective in stopping the spread of COVID? Your publication has no problem posting hysterical claims that those not wearing masks are putting others at risk, yet you’re very vigilant in making sure counter-arguments are excluded.

Henry (Hank) Scott
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Here is a link to an investigation of this question by PolitiFact, a very popular (and reputable) effort by the Tampa Bay Times to determine whether what people (especially politicians) are saying is true. PolitiFact’s research shows that wearing a mask has an impact on one’s ability to spread the virus, knowingly or unknowingly. https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/05/19/politifact-face-masks-including-homemade-ones-are-effective-covid-19-protection-experts-say/

Nate
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Nate

Will the homeless be given facemasks to wear, or will they continue to be above the law? Yes, I called the police to report a group of homeless, without masks, and not social distancing. I was reminded that being homeless isn’t a crime. I understand, but being homeless shouldn’t be above the law either.

Steve Martin
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Steve Martin

Why aren’t the homeless being given masks by our City’s Homeless Outreach Workers? At least our law enforcement could be passing out masks rather than going through the pointless motion of issuing citations. Giving out masks should be a basic part of community based policing. It is not like the homeless have money to buy the masks the City is compelling them to wear.

jedwards1
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jedwards1

Masks are dangerous; they make the virus worse. I can publish at least 10 reputable sources if you want me to. But this liberal craziness keeps people from getting the truth. Enough of the medical theatre. This is an easily cured disease using HCQ, Azithromycin and Zinc and even better with intravenous vitamin c that fda/fbi bans. Crazy times. Get your news from people that really know what’s going on. Respirators cause lungs to collapse. Stop getting news from cnn! It’s a pharma tv program that wants to sell the more expensive drugs. If you publish this I’ll site numerous… Read more »

Henry (Hank) Scott
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Your comment has been published to allow you to call out your position to West Hollywood residents, but in the interest of public safety, the editor must note that there is no real scientific evidence to support the danger of masks or your claims that those various chemicals and medicines cure COVID-19

greeneyedboy
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greeneyedboy

“Masks are dangerous; they make the virus worse.”

Oh I see you have a PHD in Facebook Science.