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This One Thing Can Help Stop COVID, Says Joe Biden

It’s simple: wear a mask, he implored in a new speech.
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Over the weekend it was announced that Joe Biden had enough electoral votes to be declared the 46th President of the United States, a decision the current President is still fighting in court. During his campaign, Biden made it clear that his position on COVID-19 is drastically different from President Trump's, and if elected, he would make fighting the highly infectious and deadly virus a priority. The President Elect is wasting no time addressing the pandemic. He had been working hard to put together not only a plan—but a team of experts in a new task force—who can hit the ground running as soon as he is sworn into office. However, until then, he has one simple request of Americans: wear a mask. Read on to see what he said exactly, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

What Did Biden Say About Face Masks?

In a speech on Monday, Biden addressed the pandemic and urged everyone to do their part in ending this international health epidemic. 

"This is a crisis that affects everyone. As I've said throughout this campaign, I will be a President for every American. This election is over. It's time to put aside the partisanship and the rhetoric designed to demonize one another. It's time to end the politicization of basic responsible public health steps like mask wearing and social distancing. We have to come together to heal the soul of this country so that we can effectively address this crisis as one country. We're hard working Americans who have each other's backs and we're united in our shared goal: Defeating this virus," he said. 

He then pointed out the "single most effective thing we can do to stop the spread of COVID" in addition to a vaccine: wear a mask. He reiterated the words of the head of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, who warned earlier this fall that "for the foreseeable future, a mask remains the most potent weapon against the virus." He also pointed out that despite the welcoming news that Pfizer claims their COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective in preventing the virus, it doesn't change the necessity of mask wearing. "Today's news does not change that urgent reality," he said. 

He also added that he hopes everyone—no matter their political affiliation or who they voted for —will wear a mask for the next few months. "We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months. Not Democrat or Republican lives, American lives," he said. "You know, maybe we'd save the life of a person who stocks the shelf at your local grocery store, maybe save the life of a member of your place of worship, maybe save the lives of one of your children's teachers, maybe it  saves your life."

"So please, I implore you: wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement, but it is a good way to start pulling the country together" he continued. 

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Biden Said Wearing Will Help Us Return to a "Normal Life"

He also made it clear that wearing a mask is an investment in the future. "The goal of mask wearing is not to make your life less comfortable or to take something or take something away from you. It is to give something back to all of us, a normal life. The goal is to get back to normal, as fast as possible and masks are critical in doing that," he said. "It won't be forever, but that's how we'll get our nation back, back up to speed economically. So we can go back to celebrating birthdays and holidays again, so we can attend sporting events again, so we can get back to the lives and connections we shared before the pandemic."

Biden also breathed some nationalism into his speech, urging Americans to pull together in unity, the way we historically have. 

"It doesn't matter whether or not we always agree with one another. It doesn't matter who you voted for. We are Americans and our country is under threat. And now we're called to do the same thing the generations of proud Americans have done when faced with a crisis throughout our history: rise above our differences to defend the strength and the vitality of our nation," he stated. "You know, that's the character of patriots. That's the character of America. We have to do this together." 

"Wearing a mask may seem like a small act. Maybe you think your individual choice won't make any difference," he continued. However, "throughout our history, throughout the history of our nation we've seen over and over how small acts add up to enormous achievements. It's the weight of many small acts together that bend the arc of history."

Biden continued to attempt to motivate and inspire in his closing. 

"I know there's nothing that the American people can accomplish when we work together. As one people with one mission," he said. "We can get this virus under control, I promise you. We can rebuild our economy back better than it was before. We can address race-based disparities that damage our country. It's in our power."

"So let's wear a mask. Let's get to work. Thank you. May God bless you. And for all those who've lost somebody our heart goes out to you. We know what it's like our heart goes out to you. May God protect our health workers or health care workers and all Americans. Thank you." As for yourself, until you hear otherwise: wear a face mask, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID