CDC Director Robert Redfield and Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir also expressed concern about the surge of new infections and death and said people have to more closely follow safeguards.
“It is critical that we all take personal responsibility to slow the transmission of Covid and embrace the universal use of face coverings,” Redfield said.
Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend begin wearing a mask in public while Republican lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have begun encouraging the use of masks as cases surge in many red states. However, President Donald Trump has yet to embrace mask wearing or encourage the public to wear face coverings.
There are roughly 2.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and nearly 130,000 deaths. CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, the No. 2 official at the agency, on Monday told a medical journal that “we are not even beginning to be over this.”