Appearing on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show Hanks asked if people, who refuse to wear masks in public disregarding the guidelines, are true Americans.
The ongoing pandemic has devastated the country after it recorded the most number of cases which continues to grow every day. While many are following the social distancing norms and guidelines in an effort to curb the spread of the contagion, some are actually fighting for their "constitutional rights" to not wear a mask because "things gotta breathe." A few of them even went to the extent of regarding the compulsory mask-wearing rule as crimes against "humanity" and "the freedom of choice." Like really? Shockingly, this actually turned into a major debate that has garnered the attention of several renowned people, including Hollywood actor Tom Hanks.
The Oscar-winning actor recently appeared on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show on Tuesday and asked if these people, who refuse to wear a mask in public disregarding the guidelines from health officials, are true Americans. "Are they Americans?" asked the 64-year-old adding that wearing a mask, following the social distancing measures, and washing your hands is "literally the least you can do." Hanks' concern comes from a legitimate place as the actor and his wife Rita Wilson had previously been diagnosed with coronavirus when both were in Australia filming for Hanks' upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.
The pair was quarantined and in late March they returned to their Los Angeles home. Recalling the illness, Hanks told Colbert that his bones "felt like they were made of soda crackers," according to Entertainment Weekly. Explaining how ridiculous fighting for one's constitutional rights to not wear a mask (which could literally save lives) sounds right now amid this health crisis, he asked, "Honestly, if you drive a car, you think it’s your constitutional right not to use your turn signals?" He continued, "You should use your turn signals cause otherwise, you might run into somebody, somebody might run into you, right?"
"You want to obey some aspect of the speed limit, right? You don’t want to go 120 miles an hour in a school zone. You slow down, right? You try not to hit buildings and pedestrians. You give that a shot, don’t yah? Isn’t that the least you can do when you’re driving a car? I think the least you can do in the United States of America and around the world is wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep your distance. Holy smokes!" he concluded. By following these preventive measures you are not only keeping yourself safe but also others who could be more vulnerable to this virus. Disobeying these rules shows your disregard for frontline workers, the elderly, and humanity as a whole and it's as simple as that.
Study after study shows that mask-wearing helps stop the spread of #COVID19 and keep the curve of cases flattened.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 10, 2020
That’s why we're requiring masks in public in Pennsylvania. It's the most simple, effective way to protect yourself and others. #MaskUpPA pic.twitter.com/CE4fT0oOyJ
"You can literally kill someone because you did not want to wear a mask. How cruel and irresponsible would that be?" asked Governor Cuomo recently, reports BBC. The Director of the Centers for Disease Control Dr. Robert Redfield also reiterated the importance of face masks in his recent press conference saying it will curb the spread of the virus significantly and could even end the deadlock in four to six weeks. "If all of us would put on a face-covering now for the next four weeks, six weeks, we could drive this epidemic to the ground," he said. Citing a scientific study, Redfield said that wearing a mask could make a huge difference in reducing the spread of the virus spread.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield: “If all of us would put on a face covering now for the next 4-6 weeks, we could drive this epidemic to the ground.” pic.twitter.com/VCxLtn7lMB— The Recount (@therecount) July 13, 2020
"We are not defenseless against this virus. We actually have one of the most powerful weapons you could ask for. The most powerful weapon we have that I know of is wearing face coverings." Furthermore, he stressed, "The most important thing that I could ask the American public to do is to fully embrace face coverings, to fully embrace careful hand hygiene, and to fully embrace social distancing." Despite CDC's recommendation, the Trump government did nothing to encourage people to follow these measures. Instead of reiterating and spreading the message, the administration washed its hands off the issue and left the decision to individual Governors. President Trump simply made this situation worse (unsurprisingly) by flouting the rules and refusing to wear a mask in public for months. But it looks like the sudden spike in cases got him really worried because he was seen wearing one for the first time in public on July 11 when he visited the Walter Reed National Medical Center.