In early April, the CDC recommended that all

## ## Men less likely to wear masks in public because it is ‘not cool’ and ‘a sign of weakness’

Researchers found men are much less likely to believe that they’ll be seriously impacted by COVID 19, despitedata that indicatesthat men are generally more at risk of negative outcomes from the virus than women.In early April, the CDC recommended that all individuals wear cloth face coverings when going outside. Cities likeLos Angelesimplemented an executive order to require all residents to wear masks or facial coverings while in public in hopes of combating the spread of the novel coronavirus.”You never know when you’re going to bump into somebody around a corner,” Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti said.Trump, who did not wear a mask at the event, was asked why not everyone was wearing a face covering.”I’ve been tested, we’ve all been tested and we’re quite a distance away, and we’re outdoors,” said Trump. “I told them I gave them the option they can wear it or not.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, was also present at the Rose Garden event on Friday following a modified quarantine after several White House staffers tested positive for COVID 19.The decision to wear a mask in public is becoming a political statement a moment to pick sides in a brewing culture war over containing the coronavirus.While not yet as loaded as a “Make America Great Again” hat, the mask is increasingly a visual shorthand for the debate pitting those willing to follow health officials’ guidance and cover their faces against those who feel it violates their freedom or buys into a threat they think is overblown.Such a political statement was on full display in late April, after Vice President Mike Pence received criticism for amaskless visit to the Mayo Clinicin Minnesota, flouting the clinic’s guidelines. Pence later said he should have worn one and did during a subsequent trip to a ventilator plant.Trump was barefaced when he spoke to masked journalists, workers and Secret Service agents at aface mask factoryin Arizona May 5. He later said he briefly wore a mask backstage but took it off because facility personnel told him he didn’t need it.Trump has always appeared mask averse. Within minutes of the CDCannouncing its recommendationsto wear face coverings in public, he said, “I don’t think that I’m going to be doing it.”

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