‘Face Masks At Home May Be Needed’- Task Force Head Bemoans
The coronavirus is “extraordinarily widespread” in the United States and the growing number of infections, including into rural areas, is raising the prospect that some may need to wear masks at home.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, made that case in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union over the weekend and pointed to the growing risks posed in multigenerational households as the virus continues to rampage through the country.
The U.S. remains the global epicentre of the outbreak, with new daily cases continuing to rise in dozens of states and into more rural areas as well.
“It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas … to everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus,” Birx said in the interview.
“If you’re in multi-generational households, and there’s an outbreak in your rural area or in your city, you need to really consider wearing a mask at home, assuming that you’re positive, if you have individuals in your households with co-morbidities,” he added.
COVID-19 cases around the world are spiking, with a jump of one million new cases in just four days, bringing the total number of global infections to more than 18 million.