Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said today that "everyone should just wear a damn mask, like you guys are, like I am right now."
He made the comments as he left a GOP lunch where Vice President Mike Pence provided a coronavirus update.
“I just hope everybody does the best they can to protect themselves,” the Florida Republican said. “And we know how. We've been told repeatedly how to do it — just do it."
Rubio said he also encouraged his Republican colleagues during lunch to wear a mask.
“It's a respiratory virus that spreads from person to person and the more people you come in contact with in an unprotected setting the likelier you are to be infected by it,” he added.
Some context: Several states have seen spikes in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, including Rubio’s home state. Today marked Florida’s highest number of new and confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic, according to the Florida Health Department.