The President-elect is convinced that this will reduce the incidence of coronavirus disease
President-elect Joe Biden announced that he would ask Americans to wear masks within the first 100 days of taking office, following recommendations from leading U.S. epidemiologists.
“Just 100 days of wearing masks is not forever. 100 days. I think we’re going to see a significant reduction in the disease,” Biden told CNN in his first joint interview with elected vice president Kamala Harris after winning the election.
Biden said he will also order masks to be worn in all places that are under his authority, such as federal buildings or interstate planes and buses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say wearing a mask can help protect against coronavirus transmission, both by the person wearing it and by others.
But President Donald Trump never issued a decree to wear masks around the country, saying people should make their own decisions. Sometimes he was seen wearing a mask, but in most cases he preferred to do without it.
Biden also said he proposed that the country’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, become a medical advisor and member of the Coronavirus team in the future administration. Fauci heads the Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Studies.
“I asked him to stay in the same position he held under several past presidents and offered him the opportunity to become my chief medical advisor and a member of the Coronavirus team,” Biden said.