“I ask everyone to take social distancing seriously and wear a mask / face cover. # COVID19 is a virus that can spread to anyone, “the first lady tweeted, simultaneously posting a link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The Sunday tweet echoes the one it posted on Friday, asking people to wear masks and follow directions seriously, minutes after President Donald Trump said in a press briefing that he was choosing not to wear a face covering, indicating a fracture in the messages of the first couple.
Friday evening, at one of the White House daily press briefings with the chairman and members of the coronavirus task force, Donald Trump described the new CDC guidelines, which urge Americans to publicly wear cloth covers to prevent the spread of the virus. “The CDC recommends the use of a non-medical cloth face covering as a voluntary health measure,” said Donald Trump. ” It is voluntary. They suggested for a while. It is voluntary. “
The president said the new cloth face covering recommendations, which came after a week of heated deliberations inside the White House and were a reversal of previous guidelines which suggested that masks were not necessary for people who weren’t sick, was something he chose not to personally follow.
“I don’t think I’m going to do it,” he said, then suggesting that it was difficult to contemplate such a thing in the oval office. “Wear a mask to greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens – I just don’t see it,” said the president.
However, it is important to note that, under the new guidelines, cloth face covers must prevent people from spreading the disease if they are asymptotic carriers. The White House said the president had been tested twice, both negative, and that anyone near him was tested in advance.