The spread of coronavirus in the United States could be controlled by wearing masks within a few weeks, according to the CDC. „If we could get everyone to wear a mask right now, I think we could get this pandemic under control in four, six, eight weeks,“ CDC director Robert Redfield said yesterday (local time) in an interview with the editor-in-chief of the Specialist magazine „Journal of the American Medical Association“.
The United States is by far the most affected country by the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 3.4 million infected people and more than 136,000 deaths so far. There is no national mask requirement. A CDC press release said that covering the face was one of the most effective weapons to slow and stop the spread of the virus.
„Political“ mask question
It made him sad that the question of wearing a mask had become a political one, Redfield said in the interview. He praised US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for wearing masks recently. “Of course, they could easily justify themselves in their situation and say that they don’t need it because they and their surroundings are constantly being tested. But we need them as role models, ”said Redfield.
In April, the US president announced guidelines from the CDC health agency that recommend wearing mouth and nose protection. However, he immediately made it clear that he would not wear a mask himself, based on his regular coronavirus tests. He is accused of giving a bad example in the pandemic by acting without a mask.