Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden is pushing for an immediate nationwide mask mandate to curb coronavirus transmission in America.
“Every American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden said.
Biden sat down with public health experts before addressing reporters in Wilmington, Delaware. He was joined by his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
Biden emphasized that mandatory wearing of face masks is crucial at this point. The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. is more than 166,000 and the number of infected citizens is over 5 million.
“Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately and we will save lives. The estimates are we will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months if that is done.”
The former vice president stressed that wearing a mask “increases exponentially the prospect that if you are a carrier and you don’t even know it, that you will not infect anyone if you cough, sneeze, sing, shout.”
‘Wearing the mask is less about you contracting the virus.It’s about preventing other people from getting sick,” Biden pointed out.
Biden said he believes mask wearing can help in getting the country back on track sooner.
“When I get occasionally confronted with a person in public about wearing a mask I say look, this is America, be a patriot. Protect your fellow citizens. Protect your fellow citizens. Step up. Do the right thing. Do the right thing,” Biden reiterated.
On Wednesday, another 56,000 new cases were reported in the U.S. There were also 1,499 deaths from the coronavirus.