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President-elect Joe Biden says he will ask Americans to wear their face masks for 100 days after he takes office in January.
Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that he hopes the mandate would help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.
“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask, not forever, just 100 days,” Biden said. “I think we’ll see a significant reduction.”
Biden previously said wearing a mask is a “patriotic duty” and that it shouldn’t be politicized.
Biden has acknowledged he doesn’t have complete power to enforce a nationwide mask mandate, and that he would need help from state and local officials to help enforce the rule.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear face masks for their safety and of others.
“Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others,” the CDC says. “Studies show that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth.”
John Hopkins University has recorded more than 276,100 coronavirus deaths and over 14,100,00 confirmed cases as of Thursday.
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