PHOENIX (AP) — It’s “Mask Up, Arizona,” to prevent spread of the coronavirus, according to Gov. Doug Ducey.

But the Republican governor was seen without a mask at Thursday night’s White House lawn speech where President Donald Trump formally accepted his party’s presidential nomination.

Ducey was spotted by television cameras mingling with the crowd of about 1,500 invited guests without a mask — even after he tweeted pictures of himself and his wife, Angela wearing masks at the event and a picture of himself wearing what appeared to be a different mask with other governors. 

The Arizona Democratic Party was quick to pounce on the disconnect between what Ducey preaches and what he actually does.

“Arizonans have made enormous sacrifices to contain the coronavirus, yet Ducey and Trump are openly flouting the very guidelines that hardworking people have had to follow,” party spokesperson Tyler Cherry said in a statement.

Ducey has been touting the need for people to wear masks in public, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings. 

But he hasn’t issued a statewide mask order, and in fact barred local governments from issuing them until the state saw a huge spike in virus cases in June. Since he allowed counties and cities to require them on June 17, he and his media team have regularly pushed them and noted that 90% of the state’s population is under a mask requirement.

On July 23, he rolled out a $3 million state-funded ad campaign and revealed the “Mask Up, Arizona” slogan. He’s repeatedly pushed the slogan in subsequent media briefings, always arriving while wearing a mask.

The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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DETOUR > US 66

Typical govt. official that mandates and commands one thing to control the citizens and that does the exact opposite because he/she is above normal people. Gov. Duncy actually "acts" more like a Democrat/Socialist/Fascist than a Republican.

DETOUR > US 66

STUNNING NEWS! "Positive" cases can be VERY misleading. From an article today written by real scientists and doctors: " In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found." So that means that 90 out of 100 of those people that tested positive CANNOT transmit the virus to ANYBODY. OK this PanicDemic has now been deemed to be OVER.

LostinSpace

Nobody anywhere has anyone said that people that barely have any virus cannot transmit the virus. If they did they are absolutely incorrect. Ever take a genetics course in college? I don't think so and if you did you probably failed. Explain how you quantify (barely). All it takes is one single viral strand of RNA to potentially cause infection.

DETOUR > US 66

LostinSpace wrote: Nobody anywhere has anyone said that people that barely have any virus cannot transmit the virus?" Actually they DID as I quoted this article including the term "barely" so don;t argue with me, argue with the NY Times writer or the doctors or scientists they interviewed, genetic genius. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html

DETOUR > US 66

LostinSpace: I accept your apology. Just don't challenge my opinion again unless you have proof, OK?

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