Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier told “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday that it would be a good idea for President Trump to put on a mask and “lead by example” as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Dr. Saphier told host Sandra Smith that while the discourse on precautionary and protective measures such as wearing masks has become politicized, it is a known fact that “wearing a mask will decrease the transition of this virus.”
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“Should everyone wear a mask? I mean, my recommendation is that if you can’t maintain social detachment right now, it would be a good idea to have some kind of mask,” he said.
“Should the President be wearing a mask?” Saphier asked. “Well, I’m not going to tell you what you need to do, but yes, we like to lead by example.”
Trump has voiced his vehement opposition to wearing masks, especially during public appearances. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, he described the masks as a “double-edged sword.”
In recent days, Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, have urged Americans to wear masks outside their homes if they cannot follow the guidelines for social distancing, echoing the administration’s own health experts.
At an event in Dallas on Sunday, Pence said that if local and state officials are ordering their constituents to wear masks, the administration “[encourages] everyone to wear a mask on the affected areas. And where social distancing cannot be maintained, wearing a mask is a good idea. “
As the number of new cases in the Northeast, once the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, has plummeted since its peak in April, hospitalizations are increasing in the South and West. The pandemic has infected more than 2.6 million Americans and has killed more than 128,000 people in the United States so far.
“It is critical that we all take personal responsibility for delaying COVID transmission and adopting the universal use of face covers,” said Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, a lawmakers at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
“I know why the president is not wearing a mask,” Saphier said Tuesday. “It’s constantly being tested. Those … around him are [being] So there is a logical reason why you don’t wear a mask.
“But again, it’s about what message we’re trying to deliver to the American people,” he continued. “So unless you go on to explain why you’re not wearing a mask, then I don’t think it’s a bad idea to wear a mask so that there are some people to follow your example.”
“Because, as we are seeing, Sandra, we have increased viral transmission in the community,” continued the Memorial Sloan Kettering doctor. “A lot [of it is] Because the younger generations go out, they have Happy Hours and unite in these interior spaces. And, unfortunately, Sandra, people are not ready to give up their Happy Hour. They prefer that we give up our health care. “
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“This is why we are seeing invaded hospitals now and they are starting to cancel elective procedures again,” he concluded. “We have to do everything possible to stop the spread of this virus so that it does not cost us unnecessary lives. Because people die, not only because of COVID-19, but also because they die because they are not going to have mammograms or they are not going to the hospital because they are having a heart attack. “