While many news outlets have been expecting the president to announce mandatory facemarks in public, he did no such thing.
On Friday, President Trump said that his administration recommends that people wear face masks or face covering to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, he reiterated that the guidance is strictly "voluntary" and added that he won't be doing so.
“It’s going to be really a voluntary thing,” Trump said during the White House briefing. “You can do it. You don't have to do it. I'm choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it, and that's okay.”
The Hill reports:
The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a turnaround for the agency, which told the public at the beginning of the outbreak that healthy people should not buy or wear masks because it would not protect them from contracting the disease.
But research released in recent weeks indicates people can have the virus, not show symptoms and unknowingly spread it to others. Wearing face coverings could help prevent that.
However, the CDC doesn’t want people wearing or purchasing the surgical masks or n95 respirators that are in short supply and needed for medical professionals.
I'm glad it was not made mandatory because I was not wasting time or money to get masks.
Trump announces the CDC is now recommending people wear face coverings to stop spread of coronavirus, but then immediately says "I don't think I'm going to be doing it." pic.twitter.com/GRDLrNNJMD
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 3, 2020
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