President Trump has come under heavy criticism for not wearing a mask in public. He recently stated, though, that he’s ‘all for masks,’ although he doesn’t feel that a national mask mandate is necessary, according to a report by Fox Business.
According to the President, the reason that he doesn’t often wear a mask is because everyone that meets with him gets tested beforehand. He also doesn’t think that requiring all citizens to wear one in public is necessary, although Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that a national mandate is “long overdue”.
“I don't know if you need mandatory, because you have many places in the country where people stay very long distance. You talk about social distancing. But I'm all for masks,” Trump said.
Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, said that he “would insist that everybody in public be wearing that mask.”
President Trump said, “I mean, I would have no problem. Actually, I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked, OK? I thought it was OK. It was a dark, black mask, and I thought it looked OK. Looked like the Lone Ranger. But, no, I have no problem with that. I think -- and if people feel good about it, they should do it.”
Other Republican leaders and official have been advising the public to wear masks.
"When you do not wear your face covering, we end up in a situation where you see higher rates of disease spread and you end up having to close places," said Surgeon General Jerome Adams. "This mask, this face covering, actually is an instrument of freedom for Americans if we all use it."
Goldman Sachs analyzed that a national mask mandate could avoid a 5 percent drop in GDP.
“If a face mask mandate meaningfully lowers coronavirus infections, it could be valuable not only from a public health perspective but also from an economic perspective because it could substitute for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise hit GDP,” said the Goldman Sachs researchers.
The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington predict that if 95 percent of Americans wore masks in public, roughly 33,000 deaths could be avoided.
Read the full report here.