New Study Comparing COVID to Flu in Kids Completely Ruins Liberal Narrative on Schools

H/T Western Journal.

This shoots holes in the liberal narrative on COVID-19.

Fear has dominated the public conversation about COVID-19 due to its previously unknown nature.

How do you get it? What are the symptoms? How fatal is it?

We have seen governors and local officials around the country implement stay-at-home orders and mandatory mask and social-distancing requirements, as well as shut down in-person learning at public schools.

But since the beginning of the pandemic, studies have graced us with data better defining COVID-19, making it less of a boogeyman.

 

A study performed at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., concluded that “there were no statistically significant differences” between children with COVID-19 and children with the seasonal flu when it came to “rates of hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit, and mechanical ventilator use.”

Percentages were compared between two groups: patients diagnosed with COVID-19 (315 total, median age of 8.4 years) and patients diagnosed with seasonal influenza (1,402 total, median age of 3.9 years):

Hospitalization Rate:

  • COVID-19 patients: 17 percent
  • Influenza patients: 21 percent

Intensive Care Unit Admission Rate:

  • COVID-19 patients: 6 percent
  • Influenza patients: 7 percent

Use of Mechanical Ventilators:

  • COVID-19 patients: 3 percent
  • Influenza patients: 2 percent

If anything, the notable difference between the two groups was that “[m]ore patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than with seasonal influenza reported clinical symptoms at the time of diagnosis,” according to the study, which was published Sept. 8 in JAMA Network Open.

These symptoms included fever, diarrhea or vomiting, headache, body ache or myalgia, and chest pain. Differences among “the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19” who reported symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath were “not statistically significant.”

This should ease our fears, as the study appears to suggest that COVID-19 is about as dangerous to children as the season flu.

Are school districts ever shut down for the flu?

Studies like the one performed at the Children’s National Hospital — which included COVID-19 patients diagnosed between March 25 and May 15 of this year and flu patients diagnosed between Oct. 1, 2019, and June 6, 2020 — are supposed to inform us about the virus, therefore informing our response to it.

If Democratic politicians and other public officials ignore the data and continue to treat COVID-19 with the same degree of caution now as they did in March, then the cure has indeed become worse than the problem.

Democrats, who have largely led the way on lockdowns across the country and have tended to be overly cautious when it comes to reopening schools for in-person learning, claim to be the “party of science.”

So will they listen to what the science says — that COVID-19 appears to generally affect children in much the same way as the flu?

We need leaders like Trump who will govern by fact rather than fear and who truly work to protect the welfare of Americans.

Chinese Virologist Claims She Can Prove COVID Virus Was Made in Wuhan Lab

H/T Western Journal.

I do not doubt that Dr. Li-Meng Yan is telling the truth about COVID-19.

A virologist from China said in a recent interview that the novel coronavirus which has swept the globe is man-made and originated in a Chinese lab.

Dr. Li-Meng Yan has reportedly been in hiding since shortly after she began researching the origins of COVID-19 at the end of 2019, when the first outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China.

In an interview published Friday on the British talk show “Loose Women,” Yan — speaking from an undisclosed location — discussed her theory about the origin of the pandemic.

“[COVID] comes from the lab — the lab in Wuhan and the lab is controlled by China’s government,” she said.

She also described a campaign to blame a Wuhan wet market for the viral outbreak as a “smoke screen.”

“The seafood market in Wuhan … [is] a smoke screen, and … this virus is not from nature,” Yan said.

She said she received the information backing up her lab theory “from the [Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention], from the local doctors.”

It is believed Yan is somewhere inside the U.S, where she relocated in April without her husband, who is also a scientist in China, after he became critical of her, Fox News reported.

In a July interview with Fox, Yan explained that she went into hiding after she told the truth about the pandemic — a truth which did not reflect well on the Chinese government.

“The reason I came to the U.S. is because I deliver the message of the truth of COVID,” she said.

The virologist added that if she attempted to tell her story in China, she would be “disappeared and killed.”

“The China government refused to let overseas experts, including ones in Hong Kong, do research in China,” she further said. “So I turned to my friends to get more information.”

The woman told Fox that soon after she began investigating a SARS-like illness last year, she was told by doctors she worked with: “We can’t talk about it.”

The “Loose Women” program described Yan as “a scientist who was working at the Hong Kong School of Public Health when she turned whistleblower on the Chinese Government, after she alleged they knew about the spread of the coronavirus before publicly acknowledging the outbreak.

“As a result, Dr Yan claims she had to flee to the US for her own safety and is now determined to spread her findings to the world. She joined the Loose Women from a secret location to tell us why she felt compelled to speak out, even if it meant putting her life on the line.”

Yan said in the interview published Friday she intends to soon release information that she believes will prove her theory about the origin of the coronavirus.

“The genome sequence is like a human finger print,” she said. “So based on this, you can … identify these things. I use the evidence … to tell people why this has come from the lab in China, why they are the only ones who made it.”

“Anyone who even has no biology knowledge, you can read it, and you can check and identify, verify by yourself.”

The Western Journal cannot independently verify Yan’s claims.

There was speculation in the spring that the coronavirus pandemic might have originated in a Chinese lab, and that speculation initiated an investigation by the U.S. government in April.

Fauci Gives Stunning Answer About When US Can Get ‘Back to a Degree of Normality’

H/T Western Journal.

With as many times as Fauci has been proven wrong why does he have any credibility left?

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that Americans should not expect to return to a pre-coronavirus pandemic level of normality until potentially late next year.

The director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, though, did not rule out the possibility that a return to normal life could come earlier.

During an interview on MSNBC with host Andrea Mitchell, Fauci spoke about the work currently underway to test and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.

“But by the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccinations and you get the majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected, that’s likely not going to happen until the mid or end of 2021,” he said.

“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Fauci added.

Fauci also cautioned against a sense of security now that businesses in a number of states are back open.

“Being indoors absolutely increases the risk [of transmission],” he told Mitchell.

“I am concerned when I see things starting indoors, and that becomes more compelling when you move into fall and winter season.”

Fauci has notably warned of a “second wave” of the virus striking in the fall and winter months.

“I’m hoping we do not see a surge in cases as we’ve seen following the Fourth of July and Memorial Day,” he said.

He farther warned against a false sense of security for people who enjoy being outdoors.

“Just because you’re outdoors does not that mean you’re protected, particularly if you’re in a crowd and you’re not wearing masks,” he said. The statement came in reference to people attending political rallies.

Fauci also answered a question about a report claiming President Donald Trump admitted, in a March interview with Bob Woodward, to previously downplaying the threat of the coronavirus.

Fauci said he could not comment on the specifics of conversations between Woodward and Trump, but said in reference to the idea of downplaying the coronavirus, “That’s not a good thing.”

Fauci also disagreed with Trump, who asserted earlier this month that Americans might be in the final stretch of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The president said at a Sept. 4 White House news briefing, “We’re rounding the corner on the virus.”

“I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with that,” Fauci said.

“What we don’t want to see is going into the fall season, when people will be spending more time indoors — and that’s not good for a respiratory-borne virus — you don’t want to start off already with a baseline that’s so high,” he said.

Fauci Gives Stunning Answer About When US Can Get ‘Back to a Degree of Normality’

H/T Western Journal.

As many times Fauci has been wrong why does he have any credibility left?

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that Americans should not expect to return to a pre-coronavirus pandemic level of normality until potentially late next year.

The director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, though, did not rule out the possibility that a return to normal life could come earlier.

During an interview on MSNBC with host Andrea Mitchell, Fauci spoke about the work currently underway to test and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.

“But by the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccinations and you get the majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected, that’s likely not going to happen until the mid or end of 2021,” he said.

“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Fauci added.

Fauci also cautioned against a sense of security now that businesses in a number of states are back open.

“Being indoors absolutely increases the risk [of transmission],” he told Mitchell.

“I am concerned when I see things starting indoors, and that becomes more compelling when you move into fall and winter season.”

Fauci has notably warned of a “second wave” of the virus striking in the fall and winter months.

“I’m hoping we do not see a surge in cases as we’ve seen following the Fourth of July and Memorial Day,” he said.

He farther warned against a false sense of security for people who enjoy being outdoors.

“Just because you’re outdoors does not that mean you’re protected, particularly if you’re in a crowd and you’re not wearing masks,” he said. The statement came in reference to people attending political rallies.

Fauci also answered a question about a report claiming President Donald Trump admitted, in a March interview with Bob Woodward, to previously downplaying the threat of the coronavirus.

Fauci said he could not comment on the specifics of conversations between Woodward and Trump, but said in reference to the idea of downplaying the coronavirus, “That’s not a good thing.”

Fauci also disagreed with Trump, who asserted earlier this month that Americans might be in the final stretch of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The president said at a Sept. 4 White House news briefing, “We’re rounding the corner on the virus.”

“I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with that,” Fauci said.

“What we don’t want to see is going into the fall season, when people will be spending more time indoors — and that’s not good for a respiratory-borne virus — you don’t want to start off already with a baseline that’s so high,” he said.

Doctors Worldwide Are Recording More Deaths Due to Lockdowns Than to COVID-19

H/T Town Hall. 

This is a story the drive-by media will not report.

A long-suspected fear of the Covid-19 lockdowns is starting to come to light. In many parts of the world doctors are pointing to a very real probability that lockdown orders are leading to people dying from other serious maladies as a result of avoiding hospitals. Heart attacks in particular are now looked at as a cause of death greater than the coronavirus itself.

 

Almost from the beginning of our pandemic lockdowns there have been questions raised over both the wisdom behind the decisions and the broad application of the quarantine orders. Recall early on that Americans were lectured about the necessity of a two-week lockdown “to bend the curve,” yet with the death rate plunging, we still have many areas in the country under harsh restrictions.

It was with no small amount of dark irony at Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention that a segment was dedicated to the need to repair our handicapped economy. This was truly a brazen moment, as the people who were saying we need to get Americans back to work are from the same party that has had its governors arresting people for trying to go back to work. The goalposts have been repeatedly pushed further out; from bending the curve, to avoiding the second spike, to now awaiting a vaccine. Meanwhile, little press coverage has been applied to the effects of these orders.

Some have speculated that other effects created by the distancing can be just as harsh, from the psyche of children and the insufficient care for the infirm to suicides brought on by the anxiety. Now a study has come out from doctors in Colorado showing other grievous collateral damage has been taking place. One study in Colorado had doctors looking into the drop in cardiac cases in hospitals and noted it was a direct correlation to the quarantine orders.

“At Denver Health and other large hospitals across the metro area, the number of people showing up with cardiac emergencies dropped significantly as the state imposed increasingly strict measures encouraging people to stay at home to slow the virus’ spread,” the article states. This was a verifiable fact. The amount of ambulance usage had gone down immediately after the lockdown orders, and parallel to that, those dying from cardiac problems at home spiked. 

In that period the amount of home-based cardiac arrests doubled, and the deaths from heart attacks exceeded those of Covid-19 cases. This concerned just one malady: heart attacks. And this was hardly isolated to Colorado. Nationwide and even globally this same result has been recorded. In parts of Europe doctors have shown that they too have seen the drops in admissions for heart issues while the deaths from the same have greatly elevated.

In Milan, Italy, one hospital reports STEMI cases (heart attacks) plunged by 70 percent. In Spain, the drop has been 40 percent, with estimates in Madrid being as high as an 80 percent drop in cases. At one hospital in Madrid they are averaging three-to-four heart cases a week, when those are usually their daily admission rates. This regards only heart condition cases, with one doctor stating they are barely seeing any admissions for other serious conditions. A cardiologist in Boston detailed that he went a week without seeing a single heart case come in, something he has never experienced prior in 13 years of attending. 

Again, this is in regard to just the heart attack situations. Hospitals have also reported a significant drop in admissions for other serious conditions, and even urgent referrals between hospitals have dissipated. This is a side effect of hysterical media reports and politicians overextending their reach of power. By overhyping the threat of this virus, they are compelling people to avoid seeking out urgent emergency services.

As an example of this, the Colorado situation is illustrated by the severe rise in deaths that is a factor greater than COVID-19. In the month of April – at the onset of the firm lockdown orders – The Colorado Sun found the state experienced its highest death toll in history, with a noted rise in deaths over a number of non-COVID related issues. That spike in mortality exceeded the influence of COVID-related death counts and population growth. This is a strong indicator of people succumbing to treatable issues as a result of foregoing hospital treatments.

At some point it needs to be recognized that the lockdowns are leading to problems which exceed those of the virus itself. If it continues to be shown that the restrictions put in place in the name of public safety are actually threatening a greater number of the public, then a serious rebuke of these policies is in order.

Florida Nurse Believed To Have Died of COVID Actually Died of Kidney Infection

H/T Western Journal.

How many other deaths that get listed as  COVID-19 or from other causes?

A Palm Beach County Medical Examiner report reveals that a young nurse who passed away in April died from a kidney infection, not the coronavirus.

The report obtained by WPEC-TV, which noted that she was previously “believed to have passed from COVID-19,” shows that 33-year-old Danielle DiCenso from Wellington, Florida, died from “complications of acute pyelonephritis,” also known as a kidney infection.

DiCenso had been quarantined at home when she passed away in her sleep on April 9.

Before she died, DiCenso was tested for COVID-19 after reportedly being exposed to the virus while working at Palmetto General Hospital.

But the test came back inconclusive, according to WPEC.

“The findings are suggestive of an ascending urinary tract infection, leading to acute pyelonephritis and subsequent sepsis,” Medical Examiner Wendolyn Sneed wrote in the autopsy report late last month, according to The Palm Beach Post.

At the time of her passing, her husband, David DiCenso, told WPEC that his wife wasn’t provided enough personal protective equipment at work.

A spokeswoman from the hospital pushed back on the claim, and said that nurses were provided the necessary equipment recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

“We are very focused on minimizing staff exposure in our hospital,” Shelly Weiss Friedberg said.

“All employees at our hospital are temperature checked upon arrival, wear a mask during patient care and are required to notify employee health if they become symptomatic.”

David DiCenso said his wife began to experience coronavirus symptoms in March, but she thought she could fight the virus at home.

“She was like ‘no, I don’t want to waste a ventilator on me. I’m healthy, I don’t need it,’” David DiCenso said.

“She was always caring about other people before her. I was like, ‘all right baby you’re the professional so I’ll take your advice on that.’”

When David DiCenso talked to WPEC in April, he was still waiting for the autopsy report, but said he had no doubt she was exposed to the coronavirus at work.

“It looked like the oxygen was just taken out of her,” he said.

Danielle DiCenso’s death is not the first one in Palm Beach County incorrectly believed to be caused by COVID-19.

WPEC’s investigation team requested a list of all COVID-19 deaths from the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s office and found eight of the 581 cases were not caused by the coronavirus.

“I think it is completely misleading,” Palm Beach County resident Rachel Eade said.

She has been researching the same issue and is one of the people suing the county for its mask mandate.

“We need to remove those cases that are not COVID exclusive, and we need to be giving people that information.”

Woman Punches Teen Boy in Walmart For Not Wearing Face Mask

H/T Town Hall.

This woman had a bad case of China Virus Derangement Syndrome.

A middle-aged couple is under fire after they berated a group of teenagers and punched one of the boys because they were not wearing face masks inside a Walmart in Post Falls, Idaho.

“You guys are abusing your freedom. Stop it,” the woman said just before hitting one of the boys in the shoulder.

The North Idaho News reports that police were contacted and the victim intends to press charges.

“You think this is cute not wearing a mask,” the man said. “Get a damn mask and put it on your face.”

The woman was literally screaming to anyone who would listen, “Their parents are teaching them this garbage.”

Jill Dickenson, the mother of the boys in the video, told North Idaho Exposed in an exclusive interview that she infuriated by the attack. You can watch the interview by clicking here. 

“My blood was boiling,” she said. “We live in a country that we have freedoms. We have liberties. For my kids to walk into Walmart and get apprehended and accosted the way they did – it’s uncalled for.”

She was just as upset with the store’s management.

“Walmart did nothing about it,” she said. “The employees – some of them stood around laughing – mask shaming with this couple.”

Mrs. Dickenson’s son said he and his friends were asked to wear masks when they first walked into the store, but they declined to do so. The boys were still allowed in the store.

One of her sons told North Idaho Exposed that the couple approached them and immediately began harassing the boys.

“We hope your grandparents die of COVID,” the couple allegedly said.

When they came back, one of the boys turned on his cell phone and recorded the encounter.

“I was angry like any mom would be,” Mrs. Dickenson said. “The momma bear came out in me and I’m like, ‘Oh no she didn’t.'”

The country has gone slap crazy, folks.

Just the other day a woman in Manhattan Beach, California, threw a cup of hot coffee at a man because he was noshing a burrito unmasked.

“It’s hard to eat a burrito with a mask on,” the man tried to explain before his buddy was pelted by piping hot java.

It appears that a good-many folks have come down with a raging case of China Virus Derangement Syndrome and I’m afraid there is no known cure.

WATCH: Tucker Drops a Truth Bomb About Dr. Fauci Being a ‘Total Fraud’

H/T Town Hall.

I have always said Dr. Fauci was a lying fraud.

Everything that ever came out of Dr.Fauci has been proven wrong.

ox News host Tucker Carlson slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci for being hypocritical about his stance on the Wuhan coronavirus, particularly when it has to do with churches reopening and ongoing protests and riots across the country.

“Anthony Fauci is likely the most powerful physician in the history of this country. He is one of the forces behind the mass quarantines that tanked the economy and put millions out of work. He says it’s worth it though because the threat is so profound, so profound, so imminent that you should wear goggles and stop shaking hands, in the name of science. So it’s interesting in light of that that one thing Anthony Fauci doesn’t seem concerned about at all are the riots going on, the mass protests where thousands of people are crowded into together touching each other without goggles,” Carlson explained.

The Fox News host played a clip of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) questioning Dr. Fauci, specifically about whether or not people should be protesting and rioting. According to Fauci, he’s “not going to opine on limiting anything.”

“There is nothing Dr. Anthony Fauci won’t opine on as long as it doesn’t offend the popular, the fashionable left. Sex with strangers online? No problem. Shaking hands? Bad,” Carlson said. “Every day for the past several months virtually Dr. Fauci has advocated for a new coronavirus policy.”

Carlson played a clip of Fauci earlier this month saying politicians at the state and local level should be “as forceful as possible” when it comes to getting constituents to wear masks. According to the Fox host, this is a prime example of Fauci opining on government responses.

“Oh, so he is willing to weigh in on specific responses, government responses. What a fraud this guy is. ‘Put on your mask. Get off your powerboat. Put on some goggles. Do it for public health,'” Carlson mocked.

Another clip showed Fauci saying that even though it’s an “inconvenience” to go on lockdown and collapse the economy it’s something “we just have to do.”

Carlson reminded Fauci of an important tidbit: he’s not a young adult trying to make it in the world.

“Oh, we just have to do it. Really? Fauci is 79 but maybe if he had like 22-year-old kids who were trying to make their way in this world in an economy that is headed down the tubes, thanks largely to his recommendations, he would feel differently. It’s not merely an inconvenience when your economy collapses. It’s the end of the American Dream. That’s not a small thing,” Tucker explained. “Maybe it’s worth it. Maybe it’s not but if it is, then you probably shouldn’t take a pass on the question ‘Are protests and riots okay?’ unless you’re a total fraud, a complete fraud.'”

As Tucker stated, if Fauci was making recommendations based solely on the scientific evidence and data, he would have said something about the protests and riots that broke out across the country. Fauci wouldn’t pick and choose which things he is for and against. He would be against all large-scale gatherings, whether they are at churches or in the streets. You can’t favor one over the other and not come off as making political decisions.

CNN Blames Parties For COVID Upswing, Ignores Riots

H/T Bearing Arms.

According to CNN going to church, a birthday party, or a backyard BBQ is spreading COVID-19 but rioting and looting do not spread COVID -19.

COVID-19 is resurging throughout the nation. While deaths don’t seem to be going up at nearly the same pace, the illness infection rates themselves have increased significantly.

Unsurprisingly, people are asking why and the media, always eager to answer questions even if they don’t really know anything, are more than happy to step in. Sometimes, they’re stepping in means they’re stepping in it, though.

Kind of like how CNN did.

CNN published a report this week alleging that mass gatherings, including two parties, a concert, and an anti-lockdown demonstration, are fueling the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

Notably absent from the article are mentions of the massive anti-police protests, including the Black Lives Matters demonstrations that daily and nightly fill the streets of major cities. Not even a word. How does one write an entire article about the dangers of mass gatherings without mentioning the largest mass gatherings in the country right now?

It is not an oversight.

“Large gatherings are fueling rising Covid-19 cases, but they keep happening,” reads the article’s headline.

With the coronavirus running rampant within American communities, health officials have made clear it’s not yet time to ease up on precautions,” its opening line states. “Instead, governors and experts from coast to coast have urged Americans to keep face masks in indoor public spaces, maintain their distance from others and avoid crowded spaces.”

It continues, noting that infections nationwide have surpassed 4.3 million and that the virus has killed roughly 150,000.

But “despite the grim numbers and stern warnings,” the article adds, “some Americans have chosen to return to pre-pandemic habits, ditching guidelines and attending parties.”

Meanwhile, there are large-scale protests/riots in places like Seattle and Portland–to say nothing of the massive numbers of protests/riots in other cities in recent months–where a large number of people aren’t wearing any kind of mask and social distancing is most definitely not happening. Further, the exertion of rioting increased expirations–the reason so many gyms remain closed even now–and yet there’s no mention of it.

Look, you can support the riots or you can act like everyone needs to stay locked in their homes indefinitely. You don’t get to do both here. You simply don’t.

Yes, people are ignoring the “grim numbers and stern warnings.” They’re ignoring them in part because it seems to only matter when convenient. Where were the condemnations over rioters standing just inches apart? Where were the stern warnings about any of that? There weren’t any such warnings.

In fact, we’ve had BS claims that the protests didn’t spread COVID at all. This despite the lack of any attempt to contact tracers specifically not asking about the protests.

I’m sorry, but it all sounds awfully convenient.

The truth is, protestors spread the disease just as much, if not more, than the parties being vilified. Especially since social distancing can and does happen at many of these parties.

CNN is really just trying to advance a narrative, yet again. If they’re going to ignore protests/riots as a potential vector for the spread of the disease even now, why should we take anything else they say seriously?

 

America’s Biggest Retailers Now Walking Back Mandatory Mask Policy

H/T Western Journal.

While major retailers have walked back their mask policy here in Indiana we are required to wear mask due to the Executive Order from our governor.

If we need a mask why do we have to stand 6 feet apart?

If we need to stand 6 feet apart why do we need a mask?

A gap is emerging between the rules as they are written and the ones that are lived out at the entrances of major American retailers.

Although many major retailers have policies in effect across every state that require shoppers to wear masks, enforcing those policies is becoming a second priority to avoiding confrontations.

Walmart, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walgreens and CVS are among those that will not bar a maskless customer, according to CNN.

Retailers got into the regulation business because navigating a changing landscape of coronavirus rules in multiple states became more of a hassle than it was worth.

“This was the right time to implement the requirement in our stores to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect workers and customers,” a Walmart representative told CNN. “Our requirement is going [to] result in many more people wearing masks than before.”

Retailers had hoped states would make it easy and declare a single standard.

“Many retailers feel like they have to act since some governors haven’t,” Melissa Murdock, spokeswoman for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, told CNN. On July 6, the group urged the National Governors Association to adopt uniform rules on wearing face coverings.

But with different states at different stages of loosening or tightening lockdown rules depending upon the spread of the coronavirus, that plea went nowhere.

A leader of a group supporting employees said the rules were always hollow.

“Either security or management needs to tell people that they must wear a face mask in order to be served. It’s no different than wearing shoes or a shirt,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

If companies “are not requiring customers to wear a mask within their store, then they never had a requirement. All they had was a public relations stunt.”

Customers are pushing back — some of them literally.

According to WDBO-AM and FM in Orlando, Florida, a June episode posted to Facebook showed a man at a Florida Walmart shoving an apparently younger and much larger Walmart employee out of the way to get into a store. Although the man made it into the store, he was eventually tracked down and persuaded to leave.

 

After incidents like that, and numerous others recorded around the country, it’s little wonder major retailers are skittish about any confrontations between their employees and customers in a nation of more than 300 million people.

According to CNN, the men and women Walmart stations to face customers are known as health ambassadors. According to CNN, Walmart’s talking points instruct the “ambassadors” that when a customer refuses to wear a mask, despite being offered one, to “let them continue to shop.”

“With every requirement there are exceptions that have been established to avoid escalating the situation and putting our associates in harm’s way,” a Walmart representative told CNN. “Our goal is to keep associates from a physical confrontation in the stores.”

Lowe’s also said that there are limits to how aggressive employees will get.

“We will not ask our associates to put their safety at risk by confronting customers about wearing masks,” a Lowe’s representative said.

A representative of The Home Depot indicated to CNN that there is a limit to tolerance of customer stubbornness, and said “if a customer becomes combative or habitually refuses to comply, we’ll take further action to prevent them from entering our stores.”

Leslie Dach, former Walmart executive vice president of corporate affairs and government relations, said the mask policy is not just about health.

“Customers want to shop at places they feel safe,” he said. “Having customers wear masks protects employees and protects customers.”