Mike Pence Defends His Decision Not to Wear Face Mask During Mayo Clinic Visit

Per the CDC's website, the agency recommends "wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain."

The Mayo Clinic's website also states that their current protocols "require all patients, visitors and staff to wear a face covering or mask while at Mayo Clinic to guard against transmission of COVID-19."

According to NBC News, the Mayo Clinic reiterated its guidelines while Pence was still inside the facility with doctors and patients, writing in a since-deleted tweet, "Mayo Clinic had informed @VP of the masking policy prior to his arrival today."

Reporters who accompanied Pence on the tour said he was the only person seen inside the facility without a face covering.

In early April, the CDC issued out a new advisory for Americans to wear non-medical, cloth face masks if they go out in public. When announcing the new guidance, President Donald Trump said that he personally would not be following the recommendation.

“The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure,” Trump, 73, announced before immediately following up by saying, “It’s voluntary, so you don’t have to do it.”

“This is voluntary,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.”

As of Tuesday, there have been at least 1,010,641 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 52,927 deaths from coronavirus-related illness.

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