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While many countries around the world have been able to control or mitigate their coronavirus outbreaks, the United States has let the virus run rampant in our communities. The CDC says that if everyone wore a mask while conducting essential activities, the pandemic could be under control within 4 to 6 weeks.

A simple way to get there would be making masks mandatory across the United States—that way there is no ambiguity about what needs to be done. It's clear that it works. Many other countries have used mask wearing in combination with other public health strategies to great success.

However, opponents of a mandatory masking rule—namely Republicans who have exacerbated the pandemic and failed to provide leadership—argue a one-size-fits-all approach does not work in the United States. Regions face different conditions and so the federal government should not decide. It is a local decision. 

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Many other countries have taken the reasonable step of making masks mandatory. Here's the logic behind masks: based on what we know, people can be infected by the coronavirus and be contagious several days before they show symptoms. Some studies make the case that people are more infectious before they show symptoms. Masks help control the spread at the source, particularly for those who are infected but don't know it.

Just because someone feels healthy does not mean they are uninfected. A mandatory masking rule would go a long way in helping to slow and stop the spread of the disease. It's a simple measure that will save lives. 

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, while strongly encouraging the use of masks, argues that a requirement to wear a mask is a "bridge too far." Kemp then took it further and banned local governments from instituting a mask requirement at all. According to these Republicans, the decision should be left up to the individuals. To be entirely clear, this will undoubtedly lead to more deaths. 

Here's how he made the argument to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Asked specifically about mask usage, Kemp said that mandating them is a “bridge too far” and expressed concern there was not enough public support to instituting a statewide order.
“There’s some people that just do not want to wear a mask. I’m sensitive to that from a political environment of having people buy into that and creating other issues out there,” he said. “But it’s definitely a good idea.”
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