Kamala Harris Vows to Have National Mask Mandate if Elected

Kamala Harris is the vice-presidential nominee on the Democratic ticket for the 2020 election, and she already has some big plans if elected into office alongside Joe Biden. One of the first actions will be ramping up the effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Harris, one of the “responsible” actions will be to enact a national mask mandate.

“It’s a standard. I mean, nobody’s going to be punished. Nobody likes to wear a mask, this is a universal feeling, right? So, that’s not the point. The point is this is what we as responsible people who love our neighbor, we have to just do that right now,” she said on NBC’s TODAY. “God willing, it won’t be forever.”

The CDC currently recommends wearing a mask or face-covering in public and maintaining social distancing of six feet when out in public.

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The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 5.84 million confirmed cases and 180,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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