In an interview Thursday, Democrat Joe Biden said he plans to ask the American people to wear face masks for his first 100 days as president should he assume office.
"The first day I'm inaugurated I'm going to ask the public for 100 days to mask," the Democratic presidential nominee said to CNN. "Just 100, not forever — 100 days. I think we'll see a significant reduction that occurs with vaccinations and masking to drive down the numbers considerably."
In addition to his face mask request, Biden has been publicly urging lawmakers in Congress to produce a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to help stabilize the volatile economy.
🔦 Biden's comments come as the nation reels from a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and even deaths. Experts worry that the winter months and increased interaction of the holidays could keep transmission rates high for some time.