President Biden has asked all Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his term, and he has signed several executive actions that mandate wearing face coverings on federal property and aboard public transit.
Since April, public health experts have encouraged elected leaders to promote mask-wearing. President Biden has consistently worn a mask, sometimes even doubling up on them on the campaign trail. Masks are a common and required sight in the West Wing; White House press secretary Jen Psaki typically wears an N-95 mask on her way to the lectern for the daily briefing, promptly putting it back on once she wraps up the news conference.
While vaccine distribution continues to scale up, face coverings are likely to be here to stay. Top doctors predict that Americans will need to wear them until the U.S. reaches herd immunity and possibly longer. The COVID-19 Response Team is evaluating the logistics of mailing out millions of face coverings, but no decision has been made, and the proposal hasn’t yet reached President Biden for final approval.
Stay the course, stay well, mask up, get vaccinated, and stay tuned!