Jennings, one of the most prominent volleyball players to ever compete, posted on Instagram that she went shopping without covering her face and called it “a small exercise in being brave.”
Jennings wrote on Instagram, “I went shopping without a mask and that’s why.” “I read a quote the other day, which shook me – – it’s nothing that hasn’t happened.”
Jennings said that this statement “woke me up,” and that he wanted to stand up for his rights and freedoms, without being careless or endangering others.
A representative from Jennings did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.
This step is recommended by many public health experts to prevent the spread of coronovirus.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that covering the face means protecting other people when the person is infected, unknowingly or not. And coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Drs. “We know that there is now scientific evidence that masks prevent you from infecting others, but can also partially protect you from being infected,” said Deborah Birks.
Jennings faced a quick backlash, with one user replying to his post: “I’m a nurse and all health workers are reusing PPE and we don’t have regular access to testing. We at least treat patients Care poses a daily risk. Everyone else can create social distance and wear a mask in public. ”
Another user wrote, “This is incredibly selfish and ignorant.”
“I’m sorry for the people who have upset me so much,” Jennings wrote in a follow-up post.
“For those who are open to hearing where I’m coming from, I appreciate your openness and courtesy. To those in agreement, I commend you for expressing your views. Dumb those people , Selfish, privileged, bigoted and racist and telling me that ‘you are better than this’, I fully accept that addressing such an emotional, layered, nuanced and polarizing topic on social media is the most important. Was not a clever thing. ”
Jennings recently announced that she was leaving her home in California – the state now leading the nation with at least 741,726 Kovid-19 cases. California has a statewide face mask mandate, effective June 18.
According to a tally at Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 6,306,412 coronovirus cases in the United States. There are concerns that the country will see an increase in cases after Labor Day weekend celebrations, similar to the boom coming after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July in the country.
CNN’s Wayne Sterling, Holly Yan and Sandy Lamotte contributed to this report.