A Florida nurse is causing a stir after she began defiantly posting TikTok videos showing herself shopping at stores in without wearing a mask.
The TikTok user, who goes by @yourgemini83, previously shared videos of herself in scrubs and wearing a face mask at work. But earlier this week, she posted a TikTok outdoors and maskless. She proclaimed, “This is what it’s like to live in a state and be able to go outside of your house when you want to and not have to wear a mask.”
The video also featured a text overlay reading “Trump 2020 baby” even though Trump had already lost the election that took place three weeks prior.
Commenters pointed out that masks generally aren’t required in outdoor spaces anywhere, particularly when there are no other people around, as was the case in @yourgemini83’s TikTok.
The comments likely prompted her next series of TikToks in which the woman showed herself shopping at a Dollar Tree and a grocery store without wearing a mask. She also showed off other maskless people in the store.
“Just so you can’t say that there’s not any fucking people in the store, there you go again, store number two,” she says in the grocery store video as her young daughter sits in a cart next to her.
The comment sections of her videos exploded with frustration over the carelessness of someone who should hypothetically know better. People also questioned her bizarre desire to rub in that she may be spreading a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus.
“Just because it isn’t mandatory doesn’t mean you can’t do the right thing,” wrote @r_m4217.
“Hope you remember this exact moment when you’re sick and wishing there was some way you could have prevented it,” another user said.
The nurse’s responses were just as telling as the videos themselves, as she left comments insisting the coronavirus “ain’t killing that many” and the anti-masker favorite, “my body my choice.”
Florida doesn’t currently have a statewide mask mandate. While some cities and counties passed their own, Gov. Ron DeSantis banned enforcement of these mandates.
The U.S. has seen nearly 13 million COVID-19 cases resulting in 262,000 deaths over the course of 2020. Florida accounts for nearly 1 million of those cases and just over 18,000 deaths.
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