Around the nation, coronavirus cases are peaking at exactly the wrong time.
First, there is the cooler weather that much of the country has been experiencing as of late. This will push Americans indoors, into close quarters with one another, where COVID-19 can spread all the more easily.
Secondly, we are fast approaching the heart of the holiday season. Families big and small, from coast to coast, will be looking to gather in the coming weeks over turkey, around the Christmas tree, and while toasting champagne.
In an effort to make some headway against the virus, Joe Biden is suggesting that all Americans remain masked-up at least until his inauguration.
During the event, the former vice president was asked his view on several Republican governors resisting calls to issue stay-at-home orders and mask mandates as coronavirus cases surge.
In responding to the question, Biden first praised several conservative governors for taking a tough stance on combating the virus, before laying the blame for the refusal of other state chief executives to act on the leadership of President Donald Trump.
“The idea that the president’s now existing remaining advisor on COVID is saying that they should resist,” Biden said. “What the hell is the matter with these guys?”
The former vice president proceeded to call such conduct “totally irresponsible,” not only on the part of Trump administration officials, but also the governors that are choosing to take their lead from Washington, DC.
“You know, every major individual of any consequence in the health field is saying, ‘We can save 100,000 lives just between now and January 21 by wearing these masks,’” Biden said. It’s going to take a while for the vaccine to be able to be available, distributed, and get to people. We’re talking about 350,000 to 400,000 people dying.”
The wearing of masks has been a hotly-debated issue in the United States, and has largely been argued down party lines in recent months.
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