ROCHESTER, MN – After drawing criticism for not wearing a mask during a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic, Vice President Mike Pence explained that he declined to wear PPE on religious grounds, since he does not believe in using protection. “As a devout Christian, I am against using any man-made device that prevents the proliferation of life. Therefore stopping the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus through the use of surgical masks, face shields or any other personal protective equipment goes against my beliefs. Also it doesn’t feel good to wear a mask,” said the Vice President. He later added that if he does contract COVID-19, he intends to keep it.