As cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in hospitals, it’s particularly important that the bill addresses healthcare workers. According to the bill, they would be provided with N-95s and surgical masks. As explained in an op-ed by Sanders and Andy Slavitt at CNN, the priority would be to get these masks to essential workers, healthcare workers, and communities hardest hit by the virus.
In the op-ed, they write: “The science is clear: Wearing a mask not only saves lives, but the widespread use of masks will get Americans back to work sooner and reunite families who have stayed apart.” The writers add that this legislation might even counter “misinformation” about wearing face masks, which is rampant on social media.
Co-sponsors in the Senate include Sens. Tammy Baldwin, Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Ed Markey, among others. In the House, Reps. Ro Khanna, Lori Trahan, and Bonnie Watson Coleman introduced the Masks For All Act.
Sanders also tweeted about the legislation earlier today.
xWe are the only major country where coronavirus infections and deaths are skyrocketing. That is beyond disgraceful.Providing all of our people with free, high-quality, reusable masks will help save tens of thousands of lives.We need #MasksforAll. https://t.co/3WLkcdT7OZÃ¢ÂÂ Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 28, 2020