North Carolina is experiencing a serious uptick in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. We have heard from our leaders like Governor Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen that we must remain vigilant despite the warmer temperatures and summer get togethers that everyone is eager to have. We are lucky to have Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen who believe and trust in science and facts. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our President and many of our Congressional leaders.
In the last few months President Trump has promoted his theories and conspiracies against the advice of public health officials and science. In doing this he has sowed confusion and divisions over public health guidance that is harming our country, and by extension each and every state, including North Carolina! After hearing sound advice and regulations from Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen on how to safely and responsibly host the RNC in Charlotte, with fewer people, social distancing, and wearing masks; President Trump refused to hold his rally here and is now moving it south to Jacksonville, FL. The President wants a crowded arena full of people, shoulder to shoulder, without masks. This is irresponsible and dangerous.
President Trump and Vice President Pence refuse to wear masks in public despite the fact that the primary way COVID-19 spreads is through respiratory droplets. This is alarming and threatens our long-term health. America has never solved a public health crisis by turning away from science and innovation. A recent study shows that between 40-80 percent of COVID-19 transmission happens from individuals who do not show symptoms. Therefore, it is vital for Americans to wear masks as a precautionary tool in addition to practicing social distancing.
We need to celebrate the common sense practices that Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen remind us of at every coronavirus task force update -- remembering the 3 Ws: Wash your Hands, Wear a Mask, and Wait 6 feet Apart. We need to continue to build upon our strong leaders and elect new leaders who believe in science -- in local and state government, in Congress, and in the White House. Lucky for North Carolina, we have the chance to support Governor Cooper and Senate candidate Cal Cunningham, both of whom firmly understand and believe in the value of science and innovation to combat COVID-19 in North Carolina and across the country.