Americans have taken to social media to express frustrations and post exchanges around face masks, worn to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging people to wear masks, the issue remains a contentious issue.
Twitter has been used to highlight the stark differences between those who wear masks and those who do not.
Civil rights activist Danielle Muscato took to Twitter on Saturday to address a heated meeting she experienced while shopping at a Kroger in Louisville, Ken.
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“I was simply threatened with assault on @kroger in Louisville because I asked another client to wear a mask, and she refused,”; Muscato announced Friday. “I reported to a manager, who found him and talked to him, but I refused to do anything more.”
Kroger Co. could not be reached for comments to verify the story received over 6,000 retweets and comments.
Her story was shared and further criticized on Twitter by Glenn Greenwald, a founding editor of The Intercept, a news release that began in 2014, who claimed she was using social media to “humiliate” manager Kroger.
“Using social platforms to expose and humiliate supermarket workers in the hour in the midst of a pandemic, for no other reason than sadism, a need for attention and a complete lack of empathy,” Greenwald wrote.
These social media spaces surrounding face masks have been a common occurrence since the onset of blockages in March.
Celebrities, politicians, health care officials along with 48 million other Americans on Twitter, have taken to the platform to express their support for or against wearing the mask.
Former Baseball player Aubrey Huff posted a video on Twitter in mid-June after California mandated him to wear masks inside grocery stores, saying he “would rather die from the coronavirus than live the rest of us.” of my life out of fear and wearing a damn mask. “
The hashtags indicating whether or not someone supports wearing a face mask are now used on Twitter under #antimask or #facemask, but the phrase that was on top on Twitter on Saturday for coronavirus news was #TrumpsCovidCoverup.
Trump tweeted in late July that the masks were “patriotic” after months of refusing to wear one in public – even though other GOP members urged him to do so.
The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Retirement Committee, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Asked the president to put on a mask as coronavirus cases were rampant in the Sunbelt states.
“Unfortunately, this simple saving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you are for Trump, do not wear a mask. If you are against Trump, you act,” Alexander said during a hearing in late June.
“That is why I have suggested that the president should wear the mask occasionally even though there are not many times when it is necessary for him to do so. The president has millions of admirers. They would follow his leadership,” he added.
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Trump gave another mask approval during interview with Fox News Chris Wallace.
“I’m a believer in masks. I think masks are good,” Trump said. “But I leave it to the government. Many of the governors are changing. They are more masks – they like the concept of masks, but some of them do not. agree “.
But Trump has gone back and forth in his mask stand, defending a crowd of supporters who attended a conference in New Jersey on Friday, without masks to donate.
“You said the pandemic was disappearing, but we lost 6,000 Americans this week and in this room alone you have dozens of people who are not following instructions in New Jersey,” a reporter asked the president as the crowd acquitted him.
“You were wrong about that because it is a political activity,” Trump argued. “And it’s also a peaceful protest. To me everyone looks like everyone has masks.”
The exchange was shared on Twitter with responses in favor of the president’s rhetoric as well as against.
People have come to rely on Twitter to spark their frustrations or to discuss the importance of the mask worn during the coronavirus pandemic.
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A Poll Research Poll found that about 22 percent of the American population actually use Twitter, compared to 77 percent of the population who are with at least one form of social media.
The poll also found that Twitter users tend to identify at the extreme extreme, politically, and that 80 percent of all tweets come from just 10 percent of all Twitter users.
The CDC has suggested that the public take a break from news and social media platforms to help with mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.