ALLENTOWN, PA — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf‘s announcement that Pennsylvanians should wear cloth masks when they must leave their homes:
“Earlier this week, I urged the Wolf administration to update state guidelines and encourage all Pennsylvanians to wear cloth masks or facial barriers if they must leave their homes. With the CDC poised to announce new guidelines on this issue, I am pleased that the governor has taken this action.
“Wearing a cloth mask when in public will limit transmission of the virus, which can be spread through saliva emitted in a cough, sneeze, or even when speaking and breathing. Put simply, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me.
“I echo the governor’s warnings that N95 or surgical masks should be reserved for front-line health care workers, and that a cloth mask or facial barrier is not a substitute for staying home and regularly washing our hands, but it is an important complement.”
Senator Toomey has also had conversations with Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the CDC and Dr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases of the CDC. He also spoke directly with President Trump to encourage the CDC to update its guidance.
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