"Just 100 days to mask. Not forever—100 days," Biden said.
In just over six weeks, President-elect Joe Biden will take office, and when he does, he plans to wear a face mask for 100 days and is asking everyone else to do the same.
Biden spoke about the issue in an interview with CNN and said he plans to wear a face mask for the first 100 days of his term as president, and he is asking all Americans to join him. It's not an order, rather a request. The hope is that if everyone wears a mask for 100 days, the spread of COVID-19 will be considerably reduced.
"Just 100 days to mask. Not forever — 100 days," Biden said. "I think we'll see a significant reduction if that occurs with vaccinations and masking, to drive down the numbers considerably."
The request comes at a time when coronavirus infections are spiking all over the country, with more expected in the coming days and weeks. President-elect Biden plans to issue a standing order requiring masks to be worn in certain places all the time, another measure taken in hopes to control the spread of the virus.
Biden has asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the leading experts and voices in the pandemic, to continue his role in the administration as one of the top infectious disease specialists in the country.
"When Dr. Fauci says we have a vaccine that is safe, that's the moment in which I will stand before the public and say that," Biden said in the CNN interview. Former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have also pledged to have the vaccine administered publicly to help support the vaccine and show support for the public getting it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that everyone 2 years of age or older should wear a mask in public settings and when they are around people who do not share a household with them. Masks, according to the CDC, offer protection both to others and to the mask wearer.
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