Mask-wearing remains divisive in U.S.

Added On July 19, 2020

Despite the soaring COVID-19 cases across the U.S., Americans are still debating on mask-wearing, which experts say is among the most effective means of curbing the spread of the virus. Some states have imposed orders to wear masks, while some protested the loss of civil liberties in their opposition. News Hour has more. The mask issue seems to have been politicized to the extent that it has become a symbol of allegiance: Those refusing to wear masks support Trump while those donning them are against him. According to a recent CBS News poll, 59 percent of Republican respondents said they think it's a personal choice to wear a mask in public, while 76 percent of Democrats said it's a public responsibility. During an interview with Fox News on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he won't issue an order at the national level mandating the use of masks. Trump also mentioned that he doesn't agree with the statement that the virus would be brought under control if everyone wore a mask. However, some states have requested that residents wear masks to halt the virus resurgence. Colorado became one of the first western states to make mask wearing mandatory on Friday. The governors of Arkansas, and California have also issued mask mandates effective across their respective states, and Texas' order applied to residents of counties with more than 20 cases. Some Republican-run states are still resisting mandating mask wearing, although many governors are telling citizens to cover up.