Asked on Tuesday what President-elect Joe Biden needs to do to turn the coronavirus pandemic around, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that if everybody follows Biden's plan to wear masks for the first 100 days that he is in office, and if people “put aside the nonsense” of masks being political, the curve will come down and the US will get better control of coronavirus.
“I think what he is actually doing, showing leadership from the top and talking about the importance of essentially pleading with Americans, 'let's do this, let’s take 100 days' — it’s going to be more than 100 days — but what he’s saying is that let’s take at least 100 days and everybody — every single person — put aside this nonsense of making masks be a political statement or not," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Fauci added: “We know it works, we know social distancing works, we know avoiding congregate setting works. For goodness sakes, let’s all do it, and you will see that that curve will come down and we will get better control. There is no doubt about it, that if we do that, so let’s just do it.”
About Biden's plan: In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, the President-elect said he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days after he takes office.
Biden pledged to sign a mask mandate on his first day in office. While the President can't unilaterally require every American to wear a mask, under the law Biden said he could require masks in places like federal buildings and on planes, trains and buses for interstate travel.