Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, praised a new YouTube video in slow motion demonstrating the need for face masks, while President Donald Trump continued to mock the wearing of masks on Friday – despite the fact that the U.S. recorded the highest daily rate of new COVID 19 cases ever on the same day.
The video, released Thursday on The Slo Mo Guys, shows host Gavin Free filming himself sneezing, coughing and counting to four with and without a face mask.
Free filmed his video at 1,000 frames per second, which is about 40 times slower than things appear in real time. He also illuminated his face from behind to better show the particles leaving his mouth in each shot.
Free then spoke with Fauci about the difference in the shots with and without a face mask.
“I think what you just showed is a graphically beautiful demonstration of the importance of wearing masks and face coverings,” said Fauci. “As the film shows, you say the same thing – ‘one, two, three, four’ – and very little comes out of the mask.
Fauci continues: “When you speak, you have these particles that can come out and stay in the air for a certain time. Some of them have fallen to the ground, so we say: keep a distance of 6 feet, but some of them are aerosolized and can stay in the air for a while. This is why it is so important to wear a face shield, especially if you think you are in a situation where nobody is sneezing or coughing. This does not matter. You can prove this beautifully by simply saying ‘one, two, three, four’.”
In an interview with Erin Burnett of CNN on Friday, Fauci was asked if he considers the plan of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to campaign for a masked mandate throughout the United States to be beneficial.
Fauci said that in light of the recent increase in cases, it would be a “great idea” to push through a mandate for face masks in the U.S., although the public health expert stated in the interview that he is not a member of either the Democratic or the Republican Party.
“If everyone agrees that this is something important, and if they give a mandate and everyone pulls together and says, ‘We’ll give a mandate, let’s just do it,’ then I think it’s a great idea that everyone does it together,” Fauci said.
Although Fauci advocates the use of masks, Trump continues to openly criticize them. On Friday, the president mocked Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason for wearing a face mask during a conference call in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
As COVID cases and death rates continue to rise, polls show that a majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
More than 8.5 million cases of corona virus have been confirmed in the USA, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. By Saturday morning, there had been more than 224,000 COVID deaths in the nation.