During the presidential debate on Tuesday, President Trump mocked Joe Biden for frequently wearing a mask as he answered a question about downplaying the effectiveness of wearing a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“You’ve begun to question the effectiveness of masks as a disease preventer,” moderator Chris Wallace said to Trump. “And in fact recently you have cited the issue of waiters touching their mask and touching plates. Are you questioning the efficacy of masks?”
Trump said no and then pulled out his own mask to demonstrate that he does wear one. “I put a mask on when I think I need it.”
But he then went on to mock Biden for wearing masks often. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask,” Trump said as Biden laughed. “He could be speaking 200 feet away from it. And he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”
Although mask-wearing has increasingly become the norm, some are still resistant to wearing face coverings in public spaces despite numerous state mandates ordering their use.
“Masks make a big difference,” Biden said. “His own head of the CDC said if we just wore masks between now — if everybody wore a mask and social distanced between now and January, we’d probably save up to a hundred thousand lives. It matters.”
CNN reported that while Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield did emphasize the importance of masks, CNN could not find an instance where he said “100,000” lives could be saved by using them.
Redfield said in July that the spread of the coronavirus could be contained in weeks if everyone wore masks.
“I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control,” Redfield said.
More than 200,000 people have died in the United States from the coronavirus, and more than 1 million people have died worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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