The First Lady urges the public to follow the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendation for wearing face masks in public. It came after her husband said they weren’t mandatory and he wouldn’t wear them.
She wrote on Friday: “As we approach the weekend, I ask everyone to take social distancing seriously and wear a mask / face covering.
“COVID-19 is a virus that can spread to anyone.
“We can stop this together.”
The CDC released its recommendation to use a face mask on Friday.
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His tweet came soon after President Trump announced that his administration was recommending that Americans wear homemade masks or face covers.
He stressed that the measures were “voluntary” and said he would not wear them, undermining his wife and the CDC.
Trump said, “According to recent studies, we know that the transmission of people without symptoms plays a more important role than expected in the spread of the virus.
“I just don’t want to do it myself.
“Sitting in the oval office … I don’t see it for myself. “
The authorities also warned that the masks should not be considered as an “artificial feeling of protection”.
Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, said this week: “The most important thing is social distance and hand washing.
“We don’t want people to have an artificial feeling of protection because they are behind a mask. Because if they touch things – remember that your eyes are not in the mask.
“So if you touch things and then touch your eyes, you expose yourself in the same way. “
The advice comes after global coronavirus cases have reached 1,201,476.
The United States has the largest number of these cases, having seen 311,357 since the start of the epidemic.
As of Sunday morning, the death toll from the virus reached 8,452.
Government officials have warned that the next two weeks will be critical, with likely a sharp increase in cases and deaths.