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“It’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities as an American,”Joe Biden
Speaking at a press appearance in Wilmington, Delaware, Joe Biden said that “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” according to CNBC.
Biden also went on to say, “The estimates by the experts are that it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months. Forty thousand lives, if people act responsibly.”
On Wednesday, there were nearly 56,000 new cases reported and 1,499 deaths from the coronavirus, the highest number of fatalities in a single day since May, according to Fox News.
Why is coronavirus so dangerous?
To say that the coronavirus is perplexing would be a severe understatement.
Many news outlets, the CDC and other websites such as Medical News Today have reported that around 40–45% of people who contract SARS-CoV-2 most likely remain symptom-free.
This basically means that those found to be asymptomatic are still more than capable of carrying and transmitting the disease to others.
Biden’s call for people to wear masks is the polar opposite of the Trump administration.
In interviews held in July, when he was asked about a mask mandate, Trump had this to say: “No. I want people to have a certain freedom, and I don’t believe in that, no,” Trump answered. “And I don’t agree with the statement that if everybody would wear a mask, everything disappears.”
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) agrees with Biden’s mask mandate proposal. The peer-reviewed medical journal publishes original research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of biomedicine, according to their site.
In a recent editorial titled, Universal Masking to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission—The Time Is Now, the group says, “Covering mouths and noses with filtering materials serves 2 purposes: personal protection against inhalation of harmful pathogens and particulates, and source control to prevent exposing others to infectious microbes that may be expelled during respiration.”