Ignoring hospital policy, Pence tours clinic without mask

Video footage of Vice President Mike Pence‘s visit to the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday shows he did not wear any protective garments while receiving a tour of the medical center’s facilities, despite requirements that all patients and visitors wear masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus. “Mayo shared the masking policy with the VP’s office,” the Mayo Clinic said in a statement provided to TIME. ____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ Video shows at one point at least ten people — including a patient — wearing masks around Pence, while he remained mask-less. CNN reports that Pence was, in fact, the only person in the entire building not wearing a mask. This helps kill viruses that may be on the hands.  Cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing and/or sneezing. In case you develop fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider.  Avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals when visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus. After criticism of both Pence’s behavior and the Clinic’s decision to allow him to enter without a mask began spreading online, the Mayo Clinic tweeted at 2:18 p.m. that, “Mayo Clinic had informed @VP of the masking policy prior to his arrival today.” The tweet has since been deleted. The Mayo Clinic did not respond to questions about the deleted tweet or address the criticism surrounding Pence’s mask-less. In early April the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to recommend that the general public — including people who are notexhibiting any coronavirus symptoms — wear non-medical face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.