Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of President-elect Joe Biden‘s COVID advisory board, spoke on Saturday about quite a lot of steps that should be taken in combatting the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to ones that folks can take to assist sluggish the illness’s unfold. Most of all, she criticized politicians who’ve turned sporting masks right into a political situation, likening the logic of doing so to “politicizing rest room paper.”
Throughout an look on MSNBC, Gounder stated that elected officers ought to inform individuals to put on masks, saying that masks had been the best method of slowing the unfold of the virus and serving to the economic system keep afloat. “The constant messaging must be: We have to all put on masks. Masks are extremely efficient in defending the one who’s sporting them, defending others. They’re low cost, they usually do not shut down the economic system. If you wish to maintain the economic system open, it’s best to put on a masks,” she advised MSNBC host Ali Velshi.
“It is like politicizing rest room paper,” she continued. “A masks is a primary hygienic measure. This isn’t a political assertion.”
Gounder additionally known as for extra individuals to get examined for the virus. “We additionally must be massively ramping up testing. You have to be going out and getting examined,” she stated.
The president-elect posted a tweet on Saturday afternoon indicating that he helps making assessments for the novel coronavirus way more accessible. “Anybody who desires a COVID-19 check ought to have the ability to get one,” Biden tweeted.
Gounder suggested a number of assessments for individuals who could also be going to go to members of the family over the vacations, in addition to “earlier than you spend time with household over the vacations, if that’s one thing you select to do. Actually it’s best to have quarantined for 14 days first, gotten a check proper earlier than seeing household, after which additionally take into account retesting once more just a few days later—5 to eight days later,” she stated.
Gounder additionally known as on politicians to share this messaging with the individuals they govern. “These are the sorts of issues we must be listening to, not simply on cable information, however from our elected officers,” she stated.
In addition to being an adviser to Biden on his COVID transition workforce, Gounder is a physician at Bellevue Hospital in New York, in addition to a professor at New York College. She additionally hosts the podcasts American Analysis and the Epidemic Podcast.
A press contact for Biden’s transition workforce didn’t reply to Newsweek’s emailed request for remark in time for publication.