Dr. Fauci has recently said that he is all for a national mask mandate to combat the growing coronavirus pandemic. He says if the national government won’t do it, then local governments should.
“This is going to get worse because we’re going more into a colder season, as we get through the fall and into the winter with the holiday season going, we’ve got to do something different. We can’t just let this happen,” Fauci said.
Even Trump’s COVID-19 testing czar, Brett Giroir, warned that if Americans don’t start taking precautions there could be “draconian measures” taken.
Biden, other countries, and mask mandates
Joe Biden has already announced that if elected he will instate a national mask mandate. Several other countries have recently mandated masks, including Russia, Italy, and South Korea.
Fauci says that if we don’t want to have to shut down the country, then wearing masks is the first essential step to take. “Well, if you don’t want to shut down, at least do the fundamental basic things… the flagship of which is wearing a mask,” Fauci said.
Masks and preventing COVID-19
Other measures that the WHO recommends to prevent coronavirus are social distancing, hand-washing, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.
Results have proven that masks work to prevent COVID-19. The CDC found that in Arizona, coronavirus cases dropped by 75 percent after a mask mandate was put in place. Between April and August, 32 states and Washington, DC have implemented mask mandates.
Cases on the rise
With new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all rising, experts argue that steps must be taken. Last week, the U.S. averaged 71,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, the most since the pandemic began. Wearing a mask and taking other precautions will give U.S. citizens the freedom to do the things they need to do, like attend school and work and see friends in a safe environment.
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