Fauci says ‘everyone’ should wear masks to curb spread of coronavirus

Speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said state and local leaders should be “as forceful as possible” to get the public to wear masks. He added that “everyone” should be using face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Video Transcript

- France just mandated masks in all public indoor places is that something that we're going to need local and state governments to do here?

ANTHONY FAUCI: You know, I think it's going to be. As we all know, our society from the beginning of the founding fathers is a federalist society in which the states have certain prerogatives and powers and responsibilities. I can say as a public health official that I would urge the leaders-- the local, political, and other leaders in states and cities and towns to be as forceful as possible in getting your citizenry to wear masks.

Masks are important as part of the physical distance. Physical distancing is the most important. But practically, when you're living your life and trying to open up the country, you are going to come into contact with people. And for that reason, we know that masks are really important. And we should be using them-- everyone.