In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, health officials were saying that we should not were face masks. Then as the pandemic grew, they said we should. That has now changed to we must wear masks if we want to protect our economy, get kids back into school and save tens of thousands of lives.

In an article on CNN Dr. Robert Redfield, who is the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said

If we all wore face coverings for the next four, six, eight, 12 weeks across the nation, this virus transmission would stop.

President Trump has said he is not on board with a Federal face mask mandate, citing outdated statements that were made by Dr.s and health officials several months ago.

Speaking with Fox News, the President said,

Dr. Fauci said don't wear a mask. Our surgeon general, terrific guy, said don't wear a mask. Everybody was saying don't wear a mask...All of a sudden, everybody's got to wear a mask. And as you know, masks cause problems too. With that being said, I'm a believer in masks. I think masks are good.

But for the past few months, Dr Fauci, Adams, the CDC and the World Health Organization have all agreed that with more information that they have gathered they all agree it is critical in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

Nobody is really enjoying wearing the face mask, but this coronavirus is highly contagious.  Each person with the coronavirus could infect an average of two to three other people which makes it twice as contagious as the flu. Doctors say it is easy to spread the coronavirus without showing any symptoms.

This virus is tricky. Carriers may be most contagious in the 48 hours before they get symptoms, and the coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 14 days, giving a carrier a wide window of opportunity for  people to infect others even before they know they are infected.

Here is a sobering thought. If 95% of Americans wore face masks in public, it could prevent 33 thousand deaths by October 1st.

Mask up, and keep yourself and those around you healthy and virus free.

CNN has a wonderful article on why you should wear face masks.

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