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Blackburn Maintains She Wears Masks, Urges Others to Do So | Tennessee News

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn maintained Tuesday that she regularly wears masks after being photographed without a face covering at a recent White House event where multiple attendees have since tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Tennessee Republican was at the White House on Sept. 26 when President Donald Trump announced the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. She attended as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is set to begin the confirmation hearing next week.

Those present were largely outdoors, but they sat shoulder to shoulder with barely a mask in sight — including Blackburn. Several participants later said they tested positive for the virus, ranging from President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, some senators and the president of the University of Notre Dame.

“I had my mask on. I had worn it over there when I was seated, I had taken my mask off while I was seated there and as I got up to leave I put my mask back on,” Blackburn said in a virtual call with reporters.

Blackburn, 68, had also traveled with Trump ahead of the Sept. 29 debate. However, despite being exposed to the virus, Blackburn said the recent events have not changed her behavior.

“Most of our work has been done virtually,” she said. “It really has not changed in how we’re working. We’re careful, we’re watchful, we’re tested regularly.”

Blackburn added the last time she tested negative for the virus was on Sunday. She stressed that along with wearing a mask, she also regularly dons face shields and gloves to protect herself from COVID-19.

Trump has sparked criticism for advising by tweet and video not to fear COVID-19, a disease that has resulted in more than 210,000 deaths in the U.S.

“Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump tweeted.

Likewise, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said that seeing the outbreak at the White House isn’t changing his approach. The Republican has stressed the importance of masks and said he wears one every day, though he has been spotted at some events where he and others are unmasked.

“My behavior really hasn’t changed as a result of someone else’s diagnosis,” Lee told reporters Tuesday. “I’ve taken it seriously. I will continue to do so and make decisions to protect myself and my family and to protect the loved ones around me.”

Blackburn avoided questions on whether she agreed with president that the public should not be afraid of the disease. Instead, she encouraged Tennesseans to be mindful and careful to protect themselves.

The governor, meanwhile, said being afraid is the wrong approach.

“I don’t think we should be afraid of it,” Lee said. “I think we should respect it appropriately and make decisions as such.”

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people

Lana Del Rey Wears A ‘Proper’ Mask In New Video After Intense Backlash

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  • Lana Del Rey shared a new video of her reading her book while wearing a proper face mask for protection 
  • Del Rey faced an intense backlash over the weekend for showing up to a public event wearing a mesh face mask
  • Donald Trump and Melania tested positive for COVID-19 and some blamed them for not wearing face masks during their public engagements

Lana Del Rey shared a new video on social media of her wearing a face mask, but this time it’s different from the mesh mask she wore over the weekend that prompted the netizens to criticize her.

Del Rey faced an intense backlash over the weekend for showing up to a public event wearing a mesh, glittery face mask that didn’t really cover her mouth and nose because it was open. On Sunday, she shared a new video on Instagram of her reading a poem and many were happy that this time she wore the “proper” mask for protection.

“fFinally a better mask,” one commented.

“Awww you saw ur mistake and made a change  that mask looks cute as f–k,” another added.

“Finally a real mask! love ya girly pls always have this one,” a different fan stated.

“OMG A REAL MASK U MADE IT MOM !! LOVE U!!” another follower wrote.

Del Rey previously shared videos and a picture of her during the reading of her new book of poetry “Violent Bent Backwards Over the Grass” at a Barnes & Noble store in Los Angeles’ outdoor mall The Grove. She arrived with a fashionable mesh mask that put many of her fans off.

“ILY BUT WEAR A PROPER MASK,” one commented at the time.

“Ur stans cant defend u anymore sorry we’re too depressed and annoyed at this point,” another wrote.

“Lana…the health department literally had to shut the event down. You literally weren’t wearing a safe mask and there was no social distancing whatsoever. This was not smart. Please don’t do it again. Love you, but please take this virus seriously,” another commented.

The Los Angeles County COVID-19 guidance states that people should wear a “cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public and there are others nearby.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines also encourage the people to wear masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, USA Today reported.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he and his wife Melania tested positive for COVID-19. Some blamed the first couple for not wearing face masks on their engagements. Many also prayed for their fast recovery, including Kanye West.

Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey has decided to remove her Harvey Weinstein-inspired song “Cola” from her upcoming tour. Pictured: The singer-songwriter performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on Oct. 23, 2017. Photo: Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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Trump says he wears masks “when needed” and mocks Biden’s masks

President Trump touted his response to the coronavirus pandemic in his first debate with former Vice President Joe Biden and defended his decision to often appear in public without a facial covering, explaining that he wears a mask “when needed.”

“I think masks are okay,” Mr. Trump said, when asked why moderator Chris Wallace why he typically appears in public without wearing a mask. He pulled out a mask from his suit jacket to show that he carried it with him.

“I put a mask on, you know, when I think I need it. Tonight is an example, everybody has had a test,” Mr. Trump said. “I wear a mask when needed. When needed, I wear masks.”

The president also mocked Biden for wearing a mask every time he appears in public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear masks in public to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

“I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask,” Mr. Trump said, adding that Biden “could be speaking 200 feet away” and then “shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

Mr. Trump also defended his decision to hold large campaign rallies where there is limited social distancing and wearing a mask is not enforced. He noted that many of the rallies are held outside, which is considered to be safer than holding indoor events.

“People want to hear what I have to say,” Mr. Trump said, claiming that more people want to see him than Biden.

Biden also criticized Mr. Trump’s general response to the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Americans.

“The president has no plan. He hasn’t laid out anything. He knew all the way back in February how serious this crisis was,” Biden said, seemingly referring to when Mr. Trump told journalist Bob Woodward in February that the virus was “deadly stuff” while downplaying the risks in public.

Biden said that if he were president, he would ensure that hospitals had the equipment necessary to treat patients and protect health care workers, and that schools were properly funded.

Mr. Trump touted his decision to restrict travel from China at the end of January, claiming that it saved millions of lives.

“It’s China’s fault, it should have never happened,” Mr. Trump said, adding that he had received praise from governors as doing a “phenomenal job.”

“Many of your Democrat governors said President Trump did a phenomenal job,” Mr. Trump claimed. He also claimed that  “we’re weeks away from a vaccine,” and said that “far fewer people are dying.”

He praised his administration’s response to the coronavirus, claiming that the press was trying to undermine him.

“It’s just fake news. They give you good press, and give me bad press,” Mr. Trump said, referring to Biden. “I’ll tell you, Joe, you could’ve never done the job that we did.”

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