Shortly after speaking to Trump on Tuesday afternoon, Trump took an incremental step toward endorsing face coverings. He told reporters that its not a bad idea to cover your face. Until recently, much of the medical community has not recommended people cover their face unless they are sick.
My feeling is if people want to do it there’s certainly no harm to it. I would say do it. Use a scarf if you want rather than going out and getting a mask,” Trump told reporters.
Earlier this week, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also signaled that the White House coronavirus task force is considering issuing guidance that Americans wear face masks to help limit the spread of the virus. One concern, he said, is taking masks away from the medical community since the U.S. is facing a shortage of such equipment.
Crucially, Toomey and Bennet are not promoting using high-grade medical masks needed for hospitals and first responders, but instead homemade and cheap face covers to prevent spread of the deadly virus through the air. The CDC has not recommended this step on the national level yet, but they havent weighed in against it either.
Bennet and Toomey said the widely followed CDC would help overcome social hurdles to mask-wearing.
I know from my own personal experience that it is awkward to walk around wearing a mask when everybody else is not wearing one,” Bennet said. Thats another reason why I think its important for the CDC to weigh in here.