'Wear a mask!' Republicans split with Trump as virus cases surge

Elias Hubbard
July 1, 2020

The White House has, in a defense of the president, emphasized that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on masks are recommendations and not mandatory.

That began to change as coronavirus cases nationwide soared to record levels day after day, prompting Republican-led states like Texas and Florida to reimpose restrictions, such as closing recently reopened bars. Next time you go out of your home, be courteous to your neighbor: "wear a mask", Scott retweeted, amplifying a post by his state's public health agency. Even homemade masks act as a barrier to potentially infected droplets that are expelled when people cough, talk or breathe.

"Masks are incredibly important", said Krystal Pollitt, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health. "The airborne transmission of the virus is increasingly of concern and masks are an effective way to prevent that".

In April, Trump said he could not picture himself in a mask while greeting "presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens".

Pollitt said she has had a positive response from schools in CT to her urgings to wear masks but added there is "definitely a cultural shift" needed for Americans to fully embrace them. They wore masks. Nobody at my grocery store, thank God, got coronavirus.

In recent days, a number of influential Republicans have made statements supporting the use of face masks.

"COVID-19 can be transmitted quickly and easily-even by people who aren't experiencing symptoms".

Trump has said he can not picture himself in a mask while greeting royalty and foreign leaders, including dictators.

"The only thing you can do is universal masking, that's what stopped it", he told the Wall Street Journal. He's spent months attacking and politicizing mask-wearing. Wearing a mask can protect people 75 percent more than without a mask.

Wearing non-medical grade face masks in public settings, such as grocery stores and gas stations, where social distancing measures are hard to maintain is recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

While Jacksonville is preparing for Trump's big event, the Republican president has so far been averse to wear a mask in public, a stance that has been imitated by some of his fervent fans but which has also been criticized for failing to convey the seriousness of the pandemic in the US.

Some of Trump's staunchest defenders are now stepping up to urge the president and others to wear masks, as coronavirus cases in the United States continue to rise at an alarming rate. "Wearing the mask is the best opportunity for us to keep this economy open".

"'MAGA" should now stand for "Masks Are Great Again.' Let me give you some marketing advice right there", Doocy added. "He can't do the little bit of sacrifice to see it through". Marco Rubio of Florida said last week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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