President Donald Trump may not choose to wear a face mask in public, but that doesn’t mean Melania Trump is issuing the same voluntary recommendation to the American people. There has been great debate over the use of face masks as the CDC initially recommended that only health care workers, sick people, and those caring for the sick wear them. As there is a current shortage of N95 masks and surgical masks for health care workers, the CDC wanted to ensure that people don’t hoard them. Now that more has been learned about the deadly Coronavirus, it has become apparent that airborne transmissions do happen. It is now recommended that face masks are worn in public to try and reduce the number of new Coronavirus cases. Since health care workers need N95 and surgical masks, it is recommended that people wear cloth masks or any type of face-covering made of cloth.
Many people weren’t surprised that Donald Trump chose not to wear a face mask. He hasn’t practiced many of the CDC recommendations to prevent transmission of the disease and recently took a photo from the Oval Office where the room was packed with more than 10 people.
President Trump spoke about the new CDC rules at a press conference and stated the following.
“So it’s voluntary, you don’ have to be doing it. This is voluntary, I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.”
You may see the video where President Trump made the announcement below.
Not long after the press conference and President Donald Trump’s announcement, First Lady Melania Trump released a statement on her official social media accounts where she encouraged people to take the CDC guidelines regarding wearing a face mask seriously.
Melania Trump tweeted the following.
“As the weekend approaches I ask that everyone take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously. #COVID19 is a virus that can spread to anyone – we can stop this together.”
As the weekend approaches I ask that everyone take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously. #COVID19 is a virus that can spread to anyone – we can stop this together.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 3, 2020
What do you think about the recommendations the CDC made about wearing face masks? Do you think President Donald Trump should have been more encouraging to the American people and tried to persuade them to wear face masks in public?
Were you surprised to see Melania Trump’s social media posts on the subject?