One of President Joe Biden’s top advisers suggested that he still wears a face mask out of habit, although the latest public health guidelines say he doesn’t need it.
WILMINGTON, Del. – One of President Joe Biden’s top advisers at the White House suggested on Sunday that he is still wearing a mask outdoors out of habit, although the latest public health guidance says he doesn’t need it.
Asked about Biden’s practice, senior counselor Anita Dunn told CNN’s “State of the Union” that she realized she was also wearing the mask outdoors, even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who were fully vaccinated like she and Biden can stop wearing masks outside when they are alone or not among strangers.
“I myself found out that I was still wearing my mask outdoors this week, because it became a matter of habit,” said Dunn. “I think the president takes the CDC guidelines very seriously. And he always took on his role of sending a signal to follow science very seriously, too. “
Biden wore an outdoor mask several times last week as he approached the microphones to make speeches, including an appearance on the White House lawn last Tuesday to discuss the orientation of the CDC’s relaxed mask.
Asked later about the message he was sending wearing a mask outside while alone, Biden replied, “Upon seeing me take it off and not put it back until I enter.”
The CDC recently said that Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to cover their faces unless they are in the middle of a large crowd of strangers.
Some public health experts questioned the fact that Biden continues to wear masks outdoors.
Dunn said that some extra care is taken with Biden, since he is president. She asked people to follow the CDC guidelines and be fully vaccinated, because that means they can go without a mask outside the home as the summer approaches.