Mask wearing continues to be sore subject for many Americans, but Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says it could save the economy.
"All of us have a role to play in our nation's response to the pandemic. Following the advice of the public health professionals, to keep appropriate social distances and to wear masks in public will help get the economy back to full strength," Powell said. "A full economic recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it is safe to reengage in a broad range of activities."
Want that mom & pop shop around the corner to survive? Wear a mask. Want to get your job back? Stay socially distant, the Fed argues.
Powell and the Fed have long said that the recovery will depend almost entirely on the path of the virus. As long as it continues to infect Americans, the economy will not return to where it was earlier in the year.