Deadliest Catch Captains Want Americans to ‘Mask Up’ in New PSA from the CDC

by Matthew Wilson

Two “Deadliest Catch” captains have partnered with the Center for Disease Control to urge their fans to wear masks and face coverings. The two participated in a promo urging viewers to “mask up.”

According to People, the two sea captains of the “Deadliest Catch” related the current global pandemic to their jobs. Captains Sig Hansen and Josh Harris participated in the promo. Both know a bit about dangerous situations.

For 16 seasons, viewers have watched various fishing vessels on the “Deadliest Catch” attempt to catch king and snow crab on the Bering Sea. The job is one of the more dangerous lines of work, with a high risk of injury and/or death.

“Deadliest Catch” has been popular among the younger demographic, especially during its heyday. Now, the CDC partnered with the show in an attempt to turn some of that star power into a safety warning. Both Hansen and Harris urge Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“Being a ship captain means being prepared for anything,” Hansen said. He also held a mask up. “We have one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet — but right now, it’s dangerous everywhere. So when medical experts say to wear your mask to fight the pandemic, wear your mask.”

Likewise, Harris added, “We’re the ones responsible for making sure the crew makes it to port safe and sound.”

‘Deadliest Catch’ Supports Mask Wearing

Additionally, the CDC’s Deputy Director appeared in the “Deadliest Catch” endorsement video. Dr. Jay C. Butler endorsed the video and urged Americans to “mask up.”

“Sig and Josh are right,” he says. “Safety comes first, and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID is to wear your mask. Mask up, America.”

So far, over 500,000 Americans have died from the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic began. The CDC listed mask-wearing as a key strategy to slow down the spread of the virus. Additionally, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci encouraged people to double down on wearing masks. According to People, the CDC released a study that showed a “tighter fitting” mask can reduce transmission rates by 96.5 percent.

Many to most states have mask mandates for public areas. But wearing masks has become a subject of contention since the pandemic has begun. Some have refused to follow the CDC guidelines or the mask mandates.

Others have questioned the validity of studies. While the promo may be unlikely to change some people’s minds, the “Deadliest Catch” captains are encouraging public safety.