The partisan rift on mask-wearing sown early in the pandemic persists today as Republican leaders lift mask mandates.
One health model suggests total deaths from COVID-19 could be cut in half between now and June 1 if everyone wore masks.
The plan has not yet been finalized, and it’s possible the Biden administration may not go forward with it at all.
A high number of Americans still refuse to take social distancing and mask-wearing seriously, complicating the issue.
Several Republicans were offered masks, but refused them, while in close quarters during the breach by Trump supporters.
Cruz wrongly believes six feet of social distancing negates the need to wear a mask, but the CDC recommends doing both.
Seventy-five percent of Americans back implementing a national mask mandate, recent polling finds.
As new cases in the U.S. hit a record high, health experts say masks are playing a tremendous role in preventing deaths.
One model predicts there would be 79,000 fewer deaths between now and February if 95 percent of the public wore masks.
Hundreds of thousands of children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with the disease.