The identical day that the President of the US announced that he’s sick with COVID-19, the White Home says face masks are nonetheless merely “beneficial” on White Home grounds.
A White Home official told Axios that even Trump’s recently-announced sickness received’t immediate workers to mandate the usage of protecting face masks on the grounds. As an alternative, it appears like enterprise as regular. Whether or not it’s due to Trump’s well-documented disdain for masks or one thing equally incomprehensible, the protecting face masks which are nice for stopping passers-by from transmitting a lethal virus to 1 one other will stay non-obligatory.
“Our customary protocol is CDC finest practices and suggestions,” the official instructed Axios. “Facial coverings are beneficial however not required. There’s hand sanitizing stations positioned all through the advanced, frequent washing of palms and good hygiene is strongly beneficial and social distancing is inspired. So, I don’t foresee these issues altering.”
The official added that the White Home additionally implements randomized testing. However Trump and his circle’s open mockery of masks raises questions on how critically any of those measures are literally taken.
Simply to be clear: masks are at least moderately effective at stopping the coronavirus from spreading, and ought to be worn — correctly — round others as a lot as potential whereas the pandemic continues.