Newly elected US President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would first appeal to US citizens to wear masks for 100 days after taking over as president. The newly elected president’s move is considered remarkable because Donald Trump never considered wearing a mask to prevent the corona virus.
Many public health experts say that wearing masks is a very effective way of overcoming this epidemic. The infection has killed more than 2,75,000 people in the US. Biden has been a vocal supporter of wearing masks and has described it as a way of expressing patriotism. Biden strongly supported it even during the election campaign.
Speaking to CNN’s Jack Tapper, Biden said he would appeal to the American people to wear masks for 100 days when he takes office on January 20 next year. He said, on the first day of taking charge, I will appeal to people to wear masks for 100 days.
“I think it is important to emphasize this, given the increasing incidence of infections,” Biden said. He said that he would also ask Dr. Fossey to continue in office in his administration. Fossey is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.