McConnell: 'We must have no stigma -- none -- about wearing masks'

McConnell: 'We must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Americans to “take small steps” to help combat the spread of coronavirus, and endorsed wearing face masks as a common-sense solution.

“We must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people. Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves. It’s about protecting everyone we encounter,” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said Monday.

“The more we hate the pain and suffering that accompanied the strict stay-home guidelines a few months ago, the happier we should be to take responsible small steps every day to ensure our country can stay on offense against the virus,” he added.

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The emphasis on mask-wearing from health officials comes as several states have seen an uptick in covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the past week as the economy began to lift lockdown orders.

While Democratic leaders have slammed Republicans for slow-rolling any new coronavirus legislation, Mr. McConnell touted

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