Dr. Anthony Fauci gave a stern recommendation about the COVID-19 outbreak on Friday. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases threw his weight behind people wearing face coverings across the board.
"Well, if people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it," Fauci told CNN.
"There's going to be a difficulty enforcing it, but if everyone agrees that this is something that's important and they mandate it and everybody pulls together and says, you know, we're going to mandate it but let's just do it, I think that would be a great idea to have everybody do it uniformly," the nation's top infectious disease expert added.
The statement breaks away from previous opinions made by Fauci. He stated "a national mandate probably would not work" at a Sept. 15 press conference and has been reluctant to support any type of federal mask mandate.
Fauci has been consistent about emphasizing the importance using PPE in public. His latest recommendation comes as every state continues to struggle with containing the coronavirus.
The U.S. set a new single-day record with more than 83,000 infections reported on Friday. Meanwhile, the U.S. death toll has grown to 223,995, according to Johns Hopkins University.