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Dem Lawmaker Calls Out Protester For Wearing COVID-19 Protection ‘While Saying It Is A Lie’

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Dem Lawmaker Calls Out Protester For Wearing COVID-19 Protection ‘While Saying It Is A Lie’





Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu called out a California protester demonstrating against California’s coronavirus stay-at-home orders for wearing protection from the virus while carrying a sign that read: “COVID-19 IS A LIE.”

“This protestor in Huntington Beach is wearing protection against #COVID-19, while saying it is a lie,” Lieu tweeted on Friday night.



A group of more than 100 protesters converged on Huntington Beach on Friday in a demonstration against California’s coronavirus stay-at-home rules, part of a series of growing national demonstrations organized by conservative groups.

Many of the protesters displayed Trump banners and American flags while few wore masks or practiced social distancing of standing at least six feet apart. And they offered views about the spread of the coronavirus that differs sharply from scientific findings and experts’ recommendations.

Paula Doyle, a 62-year-old Costa Mesa resident, arrived with a hand-held American flag and a “Live Free or Die Sign” and was “sick” of social distancing and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, which she said was “killing business.”

“I don’t think there’s any reason for us to be on lockdown now,” she told the LA Times shortly after arguing with another Trump supporter who was in favor of quarantine. “We didn’t have any dangers; we have no danger in our hospitals now of overflowing.”

Minnesota photojournalist Evan Frost shared videos showing hundreds of protesters, many displaying Trump 2020 signs and flags, wearing few masks and showing “no regard for social distancing guidelines outside of the Governor’s Residence.”




Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of the history of medicine at the University of Michigan, cautioned against pulling back stay-at-home measures too early.

“If you pull the triggers off too early, not only is there a circulating virus to do what it naturally does, but you will have incurred all the economic and social disruptions of [stay-at-home orders] for nothing,” Markel said in a webinar hosted by the American Public Health Assn. last month.

Markel said “that during the 1918 flu pandemic, more than 20 U.S. cities that relaxed physical distancing orders too quickly — even as the flu virus was still circulating — soon saw a new rise in cases. There will continue to be the threat of the coronavirus being reintroduced in areas where the outbreak has eased.”





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