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Part of Bernie's email today:
Before I introduce my bill in the Senate, my colleagues need to know that there is broad support for this common-sense concept which is now universally supported by the scientific community. Can I count on you to add your name to join me in this effort?
Here is what the legislation would do:
Direct the Trump administration to use the Defense Production Act to produce and deliver three high-quality, reusable masks to every person in the country.
Work with state and local governments to deliver masks to homeless shelters, jails, detention centers, testing sites, post offices, pharmacies and other congregate-care settings.
The science is clear: Wearing a mask is the best way to protect ourselves from the coronavirus and save lives, and the widespread use of masks will get Americans back to work sooner and reunite families who have stayed apart.
As the United States reports a record number of new cases — 4 million total confirmed cases announced this week — research about mask wearing shows that masks are crucial to decreasing the spread of the coronavirus. When the virus can't easily find hosts, it dies out.
Let us not forget: Our country is facing a series of unprecedented crises, but we will get through them as long as we stand together.