Gov. Gavin Newsom, from left, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf listen to spekers at a news conference in Oakland, Calif., Monday, July 26, 2021. California will require state employees and all health care workers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or get tested weekly. Officials are tightening restrictions in an effort to slow rising coronavirus infections in the nation's most populous state, mostly among the unvaccinated. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Democrats harshly criticize unvaccinated Americans

Democrats at various levels of government are dismissing the bodily autonomy of Americans who do not wish to get vaccinated. Beginning on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked to clarify an earlier comment by Anthony Fauci who said the U.S. is going is a wrong direction on COVID-19.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York City. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Cuomo: ‘I told you the truth’ about COVID

New York’s controversial governor Andrew Cuomo insisted he has remained truthful about the virus throughout the pandemic, despite being faced with numerous allegations for lying about deaths in his state. During a press briefing at Yankee Stadium on Monday, Cuomo took zero responsibility for nursing home death’s in New York and went as far as to say he only told the facts about the virus from the beginning.

A student works on an assignment at Freedom Preparatory Academy on September 10, 2020 in Provo, Utah. - In person schooling with masks has started up in many Utah schools since shutting down in March of this year due to the covid-19 virus. (Photo by GEORGE FREY / AFP) (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)

Conflicting school mask requirements frustrating Americans

The national debate over school mask mandates has intensified as students began to prepare for in-person learning this fall. According to reports on Sunday, a growing number of parents have become frustrated with government messaging on face covering requirements for children aged twelve and under. 

Joe Biden removes his protective face mask at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels. (Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Democrats reimpose mask orders amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Many Democrats across the U.S. have said they wanted mask mandates reimplemented, while others have been more careful in going forward with doing so. After mandates were lifted across the country in May due to declining cases and increasing vaccination rates, many thought a return to normal was here.