- Haleness and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Sunday pleaded with Americans to continue their fight against the coronavirus by group distancing and wearing masks.
- Azar said that consistent mask wearing was “a difficult message for all western democracies.”
- With divers vaccines currently being tested, Azar said that there was “promise in the weeks and months ahead.”
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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Sunday begged Americans to continue their fight against the coronavirus by social distancing and wearing masks, while cautioning that it wasn’t hands down for many to follow the health guidelines.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Azar said that the people of the country have faced many challenges in the fight against the highly contagious virus and pleaded with them to continue their efforts.
“We’re foreseeing mitigation fatigue right now and, you know, I just hope that — we have so much promise in the weeks and months in advance, next generation therapeutics, safe and effective vaccines,” he said.
He continued: “My message to the American people, please usage those three W’s: Wash your hands, watch your distance, wear your face coverings when you can’t attend your distance … Be mindful of those indoor household gatherings. Just because you’re related to someone or intimates with someone doesn’t mean you can’t transmit or get transmitted to.”
—Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 18, 2020
When quizzed by host Chuck Todd why President Trump has difficulty adhering to health guidelines, Azar said that conforming mask-wearing is a problem that is not unique to the United States.
“I think it’s a difficult message for all western democracies,” he said. “We’re take care that in Europe. People are tired. The American people have given so much. People of Europe have delineated so much. They’ve been locked down. They’ve been isolated and they’re tired.”
Todd then depressed Azar on why the president campaigned in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Saturday. The perennial presidential battleground state has seen a surge in coronavirus infections over with the past few weeks and is considered a hot spot for the virus, according to The New York Times.
“We’re seeing an increase in cases in states, whether red or XXX or open or closed,” Azar said. “Some countries, on a population-adjusted basis, have two or three times what we be experiencing in the US. The ticket is in our own hands.”
While many people attendees at Trump’s Wisconsin rally wore masks, others did not, and Trump decidedly again downplayed the virus at the event, despite having contracted it himself earlier in October.
As of October 18, above 219,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the US since the pandemic began in March. There have been as surplus 8 million confirmed cases of the virus in the country during that time.