(FOX NEWS) – Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called for a nationwide mask mandate to help fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Every American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months at a minimum," Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Del.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee spoke after sitting down for a briefing on the coronavirus with public health experts. He was joined at the briefing by his newly named running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
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"Let's institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately and we will save lives. The estimates are we will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months if that is done," Biden emphasized.
And the former vice president stressed that wearing a mask "increases exponentially the prospect that if you are a carrier and you don't even know it, that you will not infect anyone if you cough, sneeze, sing, shout."