McConnell urges people to wear masks: 'There's no stigma'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) puts on a face mask. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is encouraging Americans to wear face masks and to abide by social distancing guidelines as states begin to gradually reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak.
According to Politico, McConnel said “There’s no stigma attached to wearing a mask or staying six feet apart."
The comments from the Republican leader come as President Trump and some of his top aides continue to avoid wearing masks in public, even as top health officials, such as Dr. Fauci, urge Americans to cover their faces with masks if they cannot maintain a safe social distance.
After initially not recommending that Americans wear face masks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends Americans wear masks when they are in public areas and unable to keep six feet of distance from others in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.
While pushing Americans to wear face coverings, McConnell reportedly directed his message to young Americans, saying that they had an "obligation to others," considering the possibility that they could be asymptomatic and carrying the virus.
Even if people are a low risk category, it doesn't mean they can't get other people sick.
McConnell also said that he wears a face covering to set a "good example" for the public, Politico noted. He pointed to photos “all over the place” of him wearing a mask as evidence of his commitment.
The primary objective of wearing a mask is to prevent spreading the virus to others, not the other way around.McConnell's comments were targeted at young people after images of Americans partying over Memorial Day weekend were plastered all over social media.
The decision to wear a face mask should not be political. The virus does not care about your political standing. The studies have been very clear. Wear the mask not just to protect yourself, but also the people you meet everyday. Family, friends, neighbors, workers at your favorite restaurant and all the people they love.