White House recommends Americans wear masks in public

White House recommends Americans wear masks in public

Not all studies point to a benefit from cloth masks compared to other types of medical-grade masks.

President Donald Trump has barred USA face mask company 3M from exporting N95 masks to Canada and Latin America, prompting immediate reactions from the company and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "Somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that attractive Resolute Desk, the great Resolute Desk, I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, dictators, kings, queens, I don't know, I don't see it for myself", he said.

"Sitting in the Oval Office".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that Canada won't bring retaliatory or punitive measures against the United States after the Trump administration announced it would prevent the export of N95 protective masks.

Despite the CDC's recommendation President Trump told reporters he would not be wearing a mask as he doesn't want to greet "presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings queens" wearing one.

The expected recommendation has prompted concerns that the market could be tested in its ability to accommodate a sudden surge in demand.

The White House holds a coronavirus task force briefing.

"I ask that everyone take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously". Instead, people should use homemade face coverings made from tightly-woven cloth fitted to cover their nose and mouth. Unfortunately, you can't just go out and buy any face mask that you want in the store. But there is no guarantee they can prevent a healthy person from becoming infected. "It's very confusing. Wear them, or don't wear them?"

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WATCH: Calling CDC guidance on face masks "voluntary", President Trump says "I just don't see that for myself".

The White House has faced pushback against rigorous social distancing guidelines from states with lesser rates of infection.

In a statement late on Friday, Trump said he meant to nominate Brian Miller, a special assistant to the president and senior associate counsel in the Office of White House Counsel, to be special inspector general for pandemic Recovery at the Department of the Treasury.

As with other public health guidance, the recommendation on face covering has been a moving target for the administration. And if you go online, there is no shortage of ideas of how to make these masks. Because of this, he recommends keeping hand sanitizer in your vehicle to use before and after going anywhere in public. There's a public health crisis right now. The scarcity of protective equipment has been distressing for health care workers who are now overwhelmed with patients.

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