The wearing of face masks has helped nearly every country in the world combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States, where many refuse to wear face masks, is still seeing nearly 1,000 deaths each day. Donald Trump, of course, regularly holds rallies where almost no attendees wear face coverings.
Donald Trump’s own CDC, though, has regularly told Americans that face masks work. Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the organization, today testified that face coverings may be even more effective than an upcoming vaccine would be.
Dr. Redfield made the comments while speaking before the senate. The Doctor explained, “These facemasks are the important, powerful public health tool we have … I might even go so far as to say that this facemask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.”
NEW: CDC Director Redfield to US Senate cmte.:
“These facemasks are the important, powerful public health tool we have … I might even go so far as to say that this facemask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.” pic.twitter.com/7LJZ3U9xi1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 16, 2020
It is unknown whether Republicans in the government and the media will be willing to take Redfield’s words to heart. During his ABC town hall last night, Donald Trump talked about people who may be opposed to mask wearing.
The President told the audience, “Waiters. They come over and they serve you, and they have a mask. And I saw it the other day where they were serving me. And they’re playing with the mask— I’m not blaming them. I’m just saying what happens. They’re playing with the mask. So the mask is over, and they’re touching it, and then they’re touching the plate. That can’t be .”
VOTER: Why can’t we have a national mask mandate?
TRUMP: Waiters. pic.twitter.com/ivrYbewk0d
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 16, 2020
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.