New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday compared the importance of donning a mask during the coronavirus pandemic to wearing a condom during the AIDS crisis that began in the 1980s.
“You know this reminds me in some ways, on the education campaign we went through after we learned about the HIV virus and transmission of the HIV,” the third-term Democrat told reporters in Manhattan during his daily coronavirus press conference.
“I remember how many times, and how long we had to talk to people about wearing a prophylactic and how it could make a difference between life and death.”
“The mask can make a difference between the life and death. I know it’s a small thing, it’s de minimis it doesn’t look like much, but if it’s now primarily airborne, you know the mask works,” he added.
Cuomo announced the executive order mandating all New Yorkers must wear a face covering back in April, applying to all individuals in public areas, or if the six-feet apart social distancing rule cannot be maintained.
But last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the NYPD won’t be enforcing or ticketing denizens who flout the rule, absent a “serious danger to the public.”
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