Many influencers are living a dangerous, mask-free fantasy and ignoring the pandemic. LA health officials want them to use their platforms to help ‘save lives’ instead.


California has seen a resurgence of coronavirus cases in recent days, hitting a new peak for its largest single-day tally of new infections on Monday.
But many influencers and celebrities living in the state are posting content on social media that makes it appear as if life has returned to normal.
Influencers like MTV star Tana Mongeau, music artist Jason Derulo, and TikTok creator Addison Rae have been throwing or attending parties, posting videos in groups without masks, and rarely filming themselves taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
“This is a time for people who do have followers who are influential to use that influence to save lives,” said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles’ public health director.
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Los Angeles is bracing for a potentially devastating wave of coronavirus cases as COVID-19 transmissions and hospitalizations both spiked this week.

But on social media, many influencers seem to be living in their own reality.

“Quarantine is over miss mama,” beauty influencer Jeffree Star said to his 15 million followers on Instagram last week. And he’s not alone in sharing that sentiment.

For LA’s celebrities and influencers, it appears life has returned to normal, with many choosing to collaborate without masks in videos, host parties, and in some cases travel out of the country.

Influencer and MTV star Tana Mongeau, who has 5 million followers on YouTube and Instagram, threw a 2-day birthday bash at a Beverly Hills mansion last week and documented the event on Instagram.

Noah Cyrus was at the party, along with influencers Charly Jordan (3 million Instagram followers), Ashly Schwan (460,000 followers), Cole Carrigan (353,000 followers), Imari Stuart (275,ooo followers), Hunter Moreno (165,000 followers), and others.

None of the guests were seen wearing masks on Mongeau’s Instagram Stories, but they were gifted custom shirts with Mongeau’s name on them and filmed themselves sipping Don Julio 1942 tequila. (Mongeau’s management firm did not respond to Business Insider’s repeated requests for comment.)

Social-distancing measures like wearing masks and staying six feet apart are still recommended in most states in the US including California, and health officials are now requiring CA residents to wear masks in public.

As popular stars like Mongeau have partied without masks or social distancing, the number of coronavirus cases in the US, and especially in California where many influencers reside, has continued to spike. The state of California broke a record on Monday for its highest-day number of new COVID-19 cases. And LA health officials said on Monday that the number of city residents currently infected or infectious to others was approximately 1 in 140, up from last week’s estimate of 1 in 400.

“We are seeing an increase in transmission,” Dr. Christina Ghaly, LA County’s director of health services, said on Monday. “We’re seeing more people get sick and go into the hospital. This is very much a change in the trajectory of the epidemic over the past several days. It’s a change for the worse and a cause for …read more

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