Covid-19 Live Updates: Masks Are ‘Most Important, Powerful Public Health Tool,’ Top Official Says

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Here’s what you need to know:Masks are ‘the most important, powerful public health tool we have,’ Redfield says before the Senate. Caputo will take a leave of absence from health department.Trump undercuts the Republican position on more virus aid, calling on them to ‘go for the much higher numbers.’The Federal Reserve says it plans to leave interest rates near zero through at least 2023.The head of the United Nations calls the virus the world’s top security threat.The Big Ten conference will try to play football in 2020, and colleges are cracking down on Greek life.The U.S. says it plans to start distributing a vaccine within 24 hours of approval.Masks are ‘the most important, powerful public health tool we have,’ Redfield says before the Senate. VideotranscriptBackbars0:00/1:22-0:00transcript‘They Are Our Best Defense’: Redfield Renews Call to Wear MasksDr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told senators that if all Americans wore masks, the coronavirus could be controlled in six to 12 weeks.Today, and even after we have a vaccine, C.D.C. encourages all Americans to embrace the powerful tools that we have right now — to …

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