On Wearing Masks

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Day 64- Stay Safe Minnesota

Wearing masks in public during Covid-19 pandemic has become political and/or cultural issue in US with reported ‘no-mask caucus’ in congress.

Wearing masks in public has become a political and/or cultural issue in during this pandemic. Media reports suggests that wearing masks, in public or in private’ has become a political issue in US. According to the CNN, ‘the President has resisted wearing a mask throughout the pandemic, and the issue has turned into a political and cultural flashpoint. Trump has mocked Biden for wearing a mask multiple times and ignored guidance from the CDC and the coronavirus task force that Americans should wear a face covering’.

There’s no stigma attached to wearing a mask. There’s no stigma attached to staying six feet apart. You have an obligation to others in case they might be asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader US Senate (source: Politico)

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force told to CNN that “I want to protect myself and protect others, and also because I want to make it be a symbol for people to see that that’s the kind of thing you should be doing”. “While wearing a mask is not 100% effective, it is a valuable safeguard and shows respect for another person.”

“At least two Republican governors — North Dakota’s Doug Burgum and Ohio’s Mike DeWine — have recently issued at times emotional pleas for Americans to ignore the perceived political connotation of wearing masks and to stop shaming others for wearing a mask” writes Politico.

Wearing or not wearing masks in public has become a political issue in the halls of congress too. “A contingent of House Republicans continues to defy the recommendations of public health experts and Congress’ top physician to wear face coverings to limit the spread of Covid-19, refusing to wear them on the floor of the chamber, in the hallways of the Capitol or when chatting with aides and colleagues — even when they’re unable to maintain a social distance. Call them the no-mask caucus,” writes Maju Raju of CNN.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 29, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 23,531 (out of 233,873 tested) with 996 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of May 28, 4:30 p.m.) there are 1,717,756 confirmed covid19 infection with 101,470 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 5,765,094 with 358,369 deaths.