“What we have said to people is that there is now clear scientific evidence, from all the droplet experiments that have occurred, and that others have done, to show that a mask prevents droplets from reaching others, “said Birx on” Fox News Sunday “. when asked what she would say to people who say they have the right not to wear a mask in public.
“Out of respect for each other, as Americans who care about each other, we must wear masks in public when we cannot get away from them socially,” she said.
Birx was then asked by Fox’s Chris Wallace if she wanted Trump to wear a mask in public, both from a messaging point of view and for security reasons.
“Well, the president wore a mask when he was less than six feet away on one occasion that was important – I think he was traveling last week,” said Birx. “I am not with him every day and at all times, so I do not know if he can maintain a social distance. “
Birx’s comments come days after Trump refused to wear a mask for the cameras during a visit to a Ford factory in Michigan in what was another example of the president who ignored the rules for others who are supposed to guard against coronavirus.
As he walked through the facility – where Ford rules state that everyone must wear a mask – he was surrounded by corporate executives with their faces covered.
Commenting on the large crowds seen on the beaches on Saturday that did not appear to be a social distancing, Birx pointed out in an interview with ABC that there is an asymptomatic spread. And that means people are spreading the virus without knowing it. ”
“And this is unusual in the case of respiratory illnesses in many cases. So you don’t know who is infected. And so we really want to be clear all the time that social distance is absolutely critical. And if you can’t socialize the distance and you’re outside, you have to wear a mask. These are elements that are really essential to protect individuals, “she said.
Birx also left open the possibility of recommending the country’s closure again in the event of another major outbreak, saying “it is difficult to say” if it could see the country give in again.
She added that there were preparations underway by the government if there was another wave, saying “we are preparing for this potential fall problem, both in (personal protective equipment) … and vaccine developments so that we can be ready if the virus returns. “Significantly,” she said on ABC.
Trump previously opposed closing the country again amid a potential second wave of viruses.