The United States is facing an increase in cases of COVID-19 mainly driven by the Delta variant of the coronavirus. In order to reduce the number of infections in some areas, the authorities have begun to return to restrictive measures, such as wearing masks.
In the city of Los Angeles, California, authorities ordered the forced use of masks in public places, a decision that came into force on Saturday, but the sheriff of this district said that the decision of the Department of Public Health was not “based on science.” and that his department would not implement it.
“Forcing vaccinated persons and those already affected by COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is unsupported by science and is contrary to the guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva wrote in a statement on the department’s website.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Meanwhile, the Center for Combating Digital Hate, an organization based in Washington and London, has compiled a report identifying over 10 entities “who have become rich by spreading misinformation” about COVID-19 vaccines.
According to the group, 12 economic entities operate openly, publicly undermining the collective trust in doctors, governments and science.
The group criticized popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the access they have provided to disinformation notices for years.
Last week, President Joe Biden and the White House Chief Health Adviser Dr. Vivek Murthy condemned the misinformation against COVID-19 that has spread on all social media./VOA