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Should States Make Wearing a Mask Mandatory?

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On Tuesday, June 16, nine Texas mayors sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott asking to require masks. The mayors included are from Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, among others.

"That’s why we are writing to you today about one of the best ways to keep businesses open and people safe from COVID-19: the wearing of facemasks. This one step could prove to be the most effective way to prevent the transmission of this disease. Yet many people in many of our cities are still refusing to wear these face coverings even though these coverings are scientifically proven to help prevent the disease from spreading," wrote the mayors.

 "We are writing to you for the authority to set rules and regulations on the use of face coverings in each of our cities. A one-size-fits-all approach is not the best option. We should trust local officials to make informed choices about health policy. And if mayors are given the opportunity," they continued. 

When TheStreet spoke to Dr. Fauci last week, he emphasized the importance of wearing a facemask and explained why medical professionals hadn't been suggesting wearing facemasks from the get-go.

"Masks are not 100% protective. However, they certainly are better than not wearing a mask. Both to prevent you, if you happen to be a person who may feel well, but has an asymptomatic infection that you don't even know about, to prevent you from infecting someone else," said Fauci. "But also, it can protect you a certain degree, not a hundred percent, in protecting you from getting infected from someone who, either is breathing, or coughing, or sneezing, or singing or whatever it is in which the droplets or the aerosols go out. So masks work."

Rebecca Rose Woodland, litigator and legal analyst, joined TheStreet to talk about states and businesses enforcing mask-wearing.

Watch the video above for more.

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Watch TheStreet's Interview with Dr. Fauci

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