Biden Goes Viral After Lowering Face Mask to Cough Into Hand
US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been famous during the COVID-19 pandemic for always wearing a face mask wherever he goes. The incumbent President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked the Delaware senator’s mask-wearing habit.
On Friday, Biden went viral on social media after video clips circulated of his lowering his mask to cough into his hand while making a speech to supporters in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Biden dutifully lowers his mask and coughs into his hand.
And that's how it's done folks!
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) October 9, 2020
Netizens reacted by criticizing and condemning Biden’s behavior.
Every single time I have seen him speak, he has coughed into his hand…………..NUMEROUS TIMES. What is wrong with him? Why does he cough all the time?
— Dawn Miller (@truebluecanadi1) October 9, 2020
In March, during the relatively early days of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, Biden coughed into his hand during a virtual interview from his home on CNN and was told by host Jake Tapper that he was supposed to cough into his elbow instead of his hand.
CNN's Jake Tapper just had to show Joe Biden how to properly cough during their interview. pic.twitter.com/SdA7Be69TW
— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) March 24, 2020
Biden’s coughing fits are reportedly a side effect of his taking the Alzheimer’s drug Namenda.