A NATIONWIDE mask mandate could spark youths to rebel, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has said, as he declined to discourage Americans from attending large-scale gatherings this weekend.
Here's the challenge, if you make something mandatory, particularly for the younger age groups we are talking about, many of them will rebel and do the exact opposite," Adams said during an interview on NBC's "Today" show.
"I think it's more important from a health perspective we help people understand why these are important and we help them understand why they benefit from wearing them."
When asked if Americans should be attending large gatherings over the July 4 weekend, like the one President Trump held at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Adams answered "it's not a yes or no".
"Every single person has to make up their own mind."
"The most important thing I would say to people is, if you do go out to a gathering or in public, please wear a face covering," Adams continued.
"As we talk about Fourth of July and Independence, it is important to understand that if we all wear these [masks] we will actually have more independence and more freedom."