Asked why not, he told CNN: “There’s just no need.”
Told that the Capitol physician suggests wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible, Yoho cited no need because of “herd immunity.”
Asked if he thinks he’s protected by herd immunity, Yoho said: “I think the only way you’re going to get it is to get exposed.”
Herd immunity refers to when a large segment of the population is immune from a specific disease — and the more contagious a disease, the more people generally have to get vaccinated for herd immunity to occur. There’s no vaccine yet for Covid-19.
Yoho operated several veterinary practices before winning his first race in 2012.
During the House session Friday, most members on both sides were seen wearing masks. But a handful of Republicans continue to defy the recommendations, including Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, who was spotted sitting at the back of the House chamber and speaking to his colleagues at length.