President Trump ‘will take a look’ at recommending all Americans wear masks although current guidance says they’re not necessary for most people
- President Trump has said he may soon request all Americans to wear masks
- The advice would go against medical advice which tells only people who are sick to wear face masks, not those who are healthy
- Trump said that if he does offer the recommendation, it would be for ‘a period of time, not forever’
- Another problem with requesting citizens to wear masks is that there is a well-known shortage when it comes to sourcing the protective gear
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President Donald Trump has said that there may be a time in the not-too-distant future when all Americans are recommended to wear masks in public in order to further prevent the spread of coronavirus.
However, the idea of healthy people wearing masks goes directly against medical advice that suggests masks aren’t necessary for most people and do little to protect people contracting the virus.
The suggestion was documented in a road map on combating coronavirus authored by his former Food and Drug Administration head, Dr. Scott Gottlieb and goes against current government directives.
President Trump has said he may soon request all Americans to wear masks
The advice would go against medical advice which tells only people who are sick to wear face masks, not those who are healthy
Trump said that the advice could change, if only for a short period.
‘We will take a look at it,’ the president said during Monday’s daily news briefing.
But the idea of asking Americans to wear masks for a period of time is under ‘serious discussion’ according to CNN.
One main issue with recommending people to wear masks is there are currently huge issues with the supply chain and stock levels.
People watch on Pier 84 while the USNS Comfort hospital ship travels up the Hudson River as it heads to Pier 90 during the coronavirus pandemic on Monday in New York City
It has been well documented that those in the medical profession are facing shortages of personal protective equipment.
‘You don’t want to create a shortage for health care workers,’ a source said to CNN.
‘We want our country back,’ the president said during Monday’s briefing in the Rose Garden.
‘We are not going to be wearing masks forever, but it could be for a short period of time after we get back into gear. I could see something like that happening for a period of time.
‘I would hope it would be a very limited period of time,’ he said.
Another problem with requesting citizens to wear masks is that there is a well-known shortage when it comes to sourcing the protective gear. A doctor, pictured in Queens, NY, with supplies