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President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines on Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately declared that he did not intend to follow this advice himself, saying, “I choose not to do it.”

New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage people, especially in areas hard hit by the spread of coronavirus, to use rudimentary coverings like t-shirts, bandanas and non-medical masks to cover their faces outside.

The president has exempted himself from his administration’s own directives, saying he could not imagine covering his face while sitting in the oval office to greet world leaders.

“It’s a recommendation, they recommend it,” said Trump. “I just don’t want to wear one myself. “

The new direction, announced as states prepare for critical deficits like those in other parts of the world, has raised fears that it may cause a sudden mask leak.

Trump and other administration officials have sought to minimize any burden by stressing that the recommendations are not requirements and that a variety of homemade coatings are acceptable. Federal officials have said that surgical masks and N95 respiratory masks should be left to those on the front lines to combat the spread of the infection.

– Associated press


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