Politico reports, “Joe Biden said he will wear a mask in public as recommended by the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in order to protect himself against the coronavirus pandemic, he announced.”
On Sunday, the former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee repeatedly said to: “Follow the science.”
“It’s important to follow the science. Listen to the experts. Do what they tell you,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “So if I go out in public — and I haven’t gone to commercial places of late, I haven’t gone to my local church, etc. … My generic point is, you should follow the science.“
The CDC has previously said that healthy people did not need to wear masks because it would not protect them from contracting the disease. However, on Friday the recommendation was changed after new research released indicated it can help asymptomatic people from knowingly spreading the virus to others.
“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals … can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing,” CDC said in a statement.
At a news conference, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams admitted the government’s guidance on masks “has been confusing to the American people.”
Trump clarified this was an optional public health measure. “This is voluntary. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,” the president told reporters on Friday.