President-elect Joe Biden has announced that he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his inauguration, following the advice of leading US epidemiologists.
“Just 100 days of wearing masks is not forever. 100 days. I think we will see a significant reduction in the incidence, ”Biden said on CNN in his first post-election joint interview with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Biden said he will also issue an order to wear masks in all places under his authority, such as in federal buildings or on planes and buses that travel between states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says wearing a mask can help protect both the wearer and others from transmission of the coronavirus.
However, President Donald Trump never issued a nationwide mask wearing order, stating that people must make their own decisions. Sometimes he was seen wearing a mask, but in most cases he preferred to do without it.
Biden also said that he invited the country’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to become a medical adviser and a member of the coronavirus group in the future administration. Fauci heads the Institute for the Study of Allergic and Infectious Diseases.
“I asked him to stay in the same position he held under several past presidents and invited him to become my chief medical advisor and a member of the coronavirus team,” Biden said.