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Woman who was kicked out of Trader Joe’s for not wearing a face mask reveals she has a sore throat

A California woman who was kicked out of Trader Joe’s for not wearing a face mask revealed Thursday that she experienced symptoms of the coronavirus.

Genevieve Peters recorded herself last week inside a Los Angeles-area Trader Joe’s without wearing a face mask. 

Peters, an ardent supporter of President Trump, said she was initially denied entry into the grocery store because she did not have a face covering. 

Genevieve Peters (pictured) kicked out of a California Trader Joe’s for not wearing a face mask 

She then attempted to use her shirt as a face mask, but relented and borrowed a friend’s mask. 

‘The “guard” refused to open the door until I had a mask on. I put my shirt over my face and called it a mask,’ she wrote on YouTube.

‘Employee said, she still couldn’t let me in because she couldn’t guarantee I would hold my shirt up. I said, “you can’t guarantee I will keep a mask up either.”

The situation came to a head when a cashier called 911 on Peters for not wearing a face mask. 

A cashier called 911 over the incident and argued that Peters was endangering his colleagues by not wearing a face mask

A cashier called 911 over the incident and argued that Peters was endangering his colleagues by not wearing a face mask

Although Trader Joe’s ‘strongly encourages’ customers to don face masks, Los Angeles County officials made it made it mandatory for residents to wear face masks amid coronavirus pandemic. 

‘I’m uncomfortable wearing a mask,’ says Peters, who’s recording to incident on her cell phone.

‘They’re literally calling the police on me because I’m not putting this mask on,’ she adds. 

When asked why she isn’t wearing a face masks, Peters responds that it’s ‘unhealthy for me.’

‘I don’t want to breathe my own CO2. There’s many researchers. They’re bogus rules… It’s ridiculous,’ she argues.

‘There’s so much research that says we actually are in danger of having this mask, of breathing my own CO2. Do you understand that?’  

At one point, the cashier accuses Peters of endangering his crew because of her disregard for public health guidelines.

‘I’m not endangering you because I’m a healthy person,’ Peters says. 

Peters and the cashier continue to squabble for 20 minutes before she leaves the Trader Joe’s store. 

But on Thursday, Peters launched a Facebook Live where she told viewers that she experienced a sore throat and some irritation in her lymph nodes.

On Thursday, Peters said in a Facebook Live that she had a sore throat for less than 24 hours one week after the Trader Joe's incident

On Thursday, Peters said in a Facebook Live that she had a sore throat for less than 24 hours one week after the Trader Joe’s incident 

‘Yesterday, I let you guys know that I had a sore throat and it was feeling like it was going into my lymph nodes, and the reason I posted it was because I knew I had zero fear that I will be a statistic on the Covid-19,’ Peters says in the video. 

She admits that she could contract the coronavirus in the future, but likened it to catching the flu.

‘I’m not saying I might not get it, I might get it, I mean anyone could get it, right? I mean, it’s like the flu. I’ve had the flu many times in my life. But I’ve survived it,’ she says. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists a sore throat as a symptom of COVID-19, as well as cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain and a loss of taste or smell. 

Peters says the reason she shared her health status was to show others that there is ‘zero panic.’

Peters said she has 'zero panic' over the symptoms and said she boosted her immune system to fight any instance of illness

Peters said she has ‘zero panic’ over the symptoms and said she boosted her immune system to fight any instance of illness

‘And the reason I put it out there is I wanted to show that if you start feeling symptoms, there is zero panic. Zero panic. Why? Because I’m healthy. Healthy people can get sick… It doesn’t mean the end,’ she says.

‘There’s bacteria, there’s viruses, they’ve been around for millions of years, really, and the most important thing is that our body is equipped for that.

‘It has what we call an immune system. So when I was feeling sick yesterday, I knew that all I had to do was boost my immune system.’

She says during the Facebook Live that she experienced the symptoms for less than 24 hours.    

On Friday, Peters claimed anyone linking her sore throat to coronavirus was promoting ‘a FRAUD that is being perpetrated on the American People.’

It’s unclear if Peters underwent a coronavirus test or an antibody test.  

DailyMail.com reached out to Peters for further comment.  

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