'I'm All for Masks' But Not a National Mandate

'I'm All for Masks' But Not a National Mandate

I think the misconception is that if you wear a mask it totally protects you. No. Right-wing politicians and conspiracy theorists alike have spun statewide requirements to wear masks and related shelter-in-place orders as Constitutional violations and covert schemes orchestrated by liberals, baseless theories that nonetheless have spread like wildfire across social media along with a scourge of other coronavirus misinformation.

"Though not conferring absolute protection, wearing a mask is does provide the wearer some level of protection which should provide reinforcement for those that aren't willing to take an altruistic public health approach" said John Brownstein, a Harvard Medical School professor and ABC News contributor.

By June, the World Health Organization (WHO) weighed in, agreeing with the CDC that people should wear masks - especially when other preventative measures, like standing 6 feet away from other people - are not possible.

Trump also toured mask-making facilities in Pennsylvania and Arizona in May without putting on a face mask in front of reporters.

But more recently, the president's fellow Republicans and conservative media have joined the calls in favour of mask wearing. At one event in May, he was photographed wearing a mask while touring a Ford plant, but he largely hasn't worn masks publicly.

On Wednesday, he sounded a different tone, saying, "I had a mask on".

"I had a mask on, I sort of liked the way I looked", Trump told Fox Business, adding that he thought he looked like the Lone Ranger. I thought it was OK.

Health experts expressed alarm last month when Trump held a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, without requiring attendees to wear masks. But no, I have no problem with that.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to wear face masks in April to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

An easy way to mitigate the spike in cases is to simply wear a face mask.

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The full interview airs tonight on America This Week on Sinclair stations.

But the president reiterated that he did not think making face-coverings mandatory across the USA was needed, because there are "many places in the country where people stay very long distance".

The White House has defended the president's choice by saying everyone in contact with him is tested frequently for coronavirus, and so is Mr Trump himself.

But he added: "Usually I'm not in that position".

Snapchat tried to incentivise wearing face masks this week as well in the form of a new selfie filter, NBC reports.

On Tuesday, Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said it was unfortunate that "this simple, lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says 'if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask, if you're against Trump, you do". Reporters were not allowed to accompany Trump on the tour. The moisture from your breath that is caught in these masks can become easily mildew-ridden, unless you are cleaning your mask after every single use.

So for the general public to wear a mask for whatever time you might be in public, it's a very small price to pay to protect others.

Trump on Wednesday also continued to push back against the notion that some states may have been too quick to open up.

Trump's words in support of face masks came with news that new coronavirus infections across the United States nearly doubled last week, with 31 states reporting an uptick in cases - as Arizona became the latest hot spot to reverse its reopening by closing bars and gyms.

"I think you are a great role model. but please take off the mask. quit furthering the lefts" agenda!' complained yet another.

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