Would a ‘Mask Mandate’ Have Saved Trump’s Presidency?

  • Face masks reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus especially when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • President Trump downplayed the virus, since he didn’t want the public to panic.
  • Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association said, ”People are smart and pretty resilient”; if you tell them what’s going on, you can do it in a way that doesn’t panic them”.

After the U.S President Donald Trump declared the corona virus emergency, about nine months have passed with COVID-19 infecting more than 10 million and killing more than 238 thousand Americans and not even sparing the ‘white house’. Trump rallies led to 30,000 cases; the rallies likely led to more than 700 deaths, though not all were attendees.

Face mask protects you from corona; it traps droplets that are released when you talk, laugh, cough or sneeze. Countries were face masks were mandatory and social distancing was a ‘must’. And Countries that insisted on isolation or ‘quarantine’ during the virus recovery successfully slowed down the spread of the virus. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, went as far to say face coverings were a more certain bet than a vaccine if everyone would wear them.

The CDC had recommended that everyone wear a mask in public.

A day after hosting a campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota, President Trump announced that both he and Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, Oct.2.2020. He went to and returned to White House on Monday. At dusk he addressed the public, ’don’t let the virus dominate your lives’. In retrospect, the President had stood in Duluth rally, mask-less; amidst thousands of his supporters, pumping fists, tossing hats and the frigid air catching the ‘breaths of all, visibly condensing and hanging’. Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to Trump’s campaign events on that day.

The CDC had recommended that everyone wear a mask in public. Take a look at covid cases in U.S.A. The President thought wearing a mask didn’t seem right. “I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know. Somehow, I don’t see it for myself,” adding, “I just don’t.” “Trump continues to be, frankly, irrationally indifferent to the magnitude of the corona virus pandemic,” said James Henson, a politics professor at the University of Texas.

His approach was always defiant; he downplayed the pandemic thinking that it will result in public-panic. “I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic,” The myth and fact surrounding covid-19.

At presidential debate with Biden in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump referring to Biden said, “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from them, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” President Trump held a large public rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with thousands of attendees not wearing a mask. Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate, died after attending the event. Dr.Bruce Dart,director of Tulsa health department said,’ the rally ‘more than likely contributed’ to hundreds of cases in Oklahoma.

Trump was obsessed with reopening of the U.S economy. Shibley Telhami, a pollster and professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland said,’ “Trump has clearly lost his footing,” “He is losing the narrative. If you can’t get the pandemic under control, you can’t reopen the economy.”

On Oct.3.2020 a White House Ceremony was held for Amy Coney Barrett. During the SCOTUS announcement his ‘inner circle’ got infected with COVID-19. The gathering violated many of CDC’s recommendations, the chief being, ‘wearing a mask’ and ‘social distancing’.  Wear a mask in public settings.

At presidential debate with Biden in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump referring to Biden said, “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from them, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

The ‘rage’ over covering the face with a mask was reflected on city streets, in grocery stores, in super markets, and even at the highest echelons of government departments. Wherever Trump’s contingent assembled, the public refused to wear mask and maintain social distance.

In April, 2020, Iowa’s Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds was warned by researchers who recommended a strong policy on facial covering;  that it would reduce the virus’s toll. But she said a mask mandate was unenforceable. In late September, the state was one of only seven that remained in the “red zone,” averaging more than 890 new infections a day.

Local COVID-19 cases increased after wherever Trump held rallies. Thousands of people gather, without social distancing and mask-less. Trump’s decision to hold rallies according to Dr. Anthony Fauci was “asking for trouble.”

Analysts says that about half of the President’s 22 campaign rallies held between June and September 2020 were followed by a county-level increase in COVID-19 cases, these events lead to community spread.

His supporters at rallies held in Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina—tend not wear masks or socially distance, even after Trump himself contacted the virus.

Majority of these rallies violated the local restrictions on gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19. Most of the rallies were in airplane hangars, which may have helped mitigate transmission relative to indoor settings, wear a mask to protect others.

Kyle Kondik, an analyst at the University of Virginia Center for Politics said,” “He has failed to stop the spread of this disease. The United States is the worst in the world among developed nations.”

Joe Biden, U.S President-elect on Nov 9,2020 in his first press conference since declaring his victory said,’ “As you work toward a safe and effective vaccine, you know the single most effective thing we can do to stop the spread of COVID is (to) wear a mask.”

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Madhavi Vudayagiri

Writing and reading has always been my hobby. I write articles and blogs. I choose content and subject that is contemporary and diverse. I strive to write good prose. Having been in the field of teaching, studying people is what I do best. Creative writing is my forte, in order to hone my creative gene, I acquired a diploma in creative writing. I love to probe people's minds and try and understand their thought process. This website seems to be just what I am looking for!

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