Robert R. Redfield
Experts have long worried about the pandemic coinciding with flu season.
The order came after a top doctor refused to comply with a Trump administration directive.
The infectious disease expert also called Trump's new coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, an "outlier."
This expert tip could help you dodge potential COVID-19 particles from a sneeze or cough.
The Trump administration routinely dismisses experts’ assessment of the gravity of the pandemic and the measures needed to bring it under control.
"We have to literally beg people to wear a mask to save their own dumb ass from getting sick," Michael Steele said.
The president also said coronavirus cases in the U.S. would be "very low" by Election Day ― which is seven weeks away.
Robert Redfield speculated that masks may even be more effective than a COVID-19 vaccine, particularly for people who don't respond to a vaccine.
A coronavirus vaccine could be distributed as soon as late October or early November, according to guidance sent out to public health officials.
“I’m not asking some of America to do it — we’ve all got to do it,” Dr. Robert Redfield said of wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.