(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- President Donald Trump expressed his desire last month to reopen the United States economy by Easter. Listening to expert advice, the president instead chose to extend the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” order by a further 30 days, encouraging Americans to stay at home as much as possible and avoid social interaction.
Now, it seems, the White House may be considering advising the American people to wear masks in public to further reduce the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.
The Washington Post reports that memos from the Centers for Disease Control which discuss the possible measure have been seen in the White House and are being considered by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. During a press briefing on Tuesday, President Trump was asked about potentially telling Americans to wear plans in public, but he did not offer a concrete answer.
“My feeling is, if people want to do it, there’s certainly no harm to it. I would say do it,” the president said. “But use a scarf if you want, you know? Rather than going out and getting a mask or whatever.”
The president’s comments reflect the fact that the United States, like much of the rest of the world, currently has a shortage of masks. Those who most urgently need masks are people working in the medical field, dealing with coronavirus patients daily. Until a sufficient quantity of masks is available across the country, the president is unlikely to tell everybody to wear masks.
That may soon change, however, if Vice President Mike Pence is right. Responding to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Pence explained that the Centers for Disease Control is looking into the issuing of masks as a protective move.
“We will have a recommendation for the president at the appropriate time,” he said.
@wolfblitzer: Should all Americans be wearing masks?
VP Pence: CDC is looking at the issue of masks as a protective move. We will have a recommendation for the president at the appropriate time.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 1, 2020
So, it looks like the government may well soon advise Americans to wear masks. That could only mean that an increased supply of masks is now available, courtesy of the many American companies stepping up and increasing production of personal protective equipment.
Until then, wearing a scarf over the mouth can offer some level of protection against the virus and also stop people from spreading it as easily when exhaling or coughing.
A combination of sensible social distancing measures, and the wearing of masks, could be just what the United States needs to get the economy operating at some level through the summer months.