Melania masks up: First lady puts on the protection her husband refuses to wear as she urges people to cover their faces to protect each other
- First Lady Melania Trump released a new video encouraging people to wear masks
- She pointed to new CDC guidelines on mask use when in public
- She held up a cloth mask during the video, released on Twitter
- President Trump has encouraged people to wear masks or scarves if they want to but says he won’t wear one
First Lady Melania Trump held up a face mask in a new video encouraging people to wear protective gear – and the former model then tweeted out an image of herself wearing one.
The first lady tweeted out the health guidance Thursday after national health officials revised their recommendations – a day after putting out another video thanking front-line health responders.
‘As the CDC continue to study the spread of COVIC-19 they are recommending that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures can be difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies,’ Melania Trump says in the message.
About two hours after tweeting out her initial video, the first lady sent out an image of herself wearing a mask
First Lady Melania Trump put out a new video encouraging people to wear ‘cloth face coverings in public settings’
‘Remember, this does not replace the importance of social distancing. It is another recommended guideline to keep us all safe,’ she said, wearing a white blouse and speaking directly to the camera while positioned at a slight angle.
She did not put on a mask in the video, which went out just after 10 AM. Almost two hours later, she tweeted out an image of herself wearing a mask that covered her face.
She referenced CDC studies, and added that they ‘recommend people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when social distancing can be hard to do. Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing
The video had been viewed more than 100,000 times an hour after she sent it out. Her video thanking health responders Wednesday was viewed more than 1 million times.
With the annual White House Easter Egg Roll sidelined, she also has sent out egg coloring sheets, along with an update on her phone call with Mrs. Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The first lady held up a mask in her video, but the former model did not put it on
She noted that masks can be useful in places where ‘social distancing measures can be difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies’
President Donald Trump said he doesn’t plan to wear a mask, although he encouraged people to wear a mask or a scarf if they feel comfortable doing so
She sent out the brief video on Twitter
President Trump spoke about the new Centers for Disease Control guidelines for public use of masks on Friday. Health officials had earlier raised concerns that masks could themselves become a conduit infection, while weighing the risks of having people use masks that need to be prioritized for health officials.
Health officials have said there is a public benefit to the act, since some people may be asymptomatic and not realize they could spread the disease if they cough or sneeze while out in public. Masks also can discourage people from touching their faces and giving a pathway to the virus into the body.
‘The CDC is advising the use of nonmedical cloth face covering as a voluntary health measure,’ Trump said. ‘It is voluntary. They suggested for a period of time. This is voluntary.’ The president advised Americans to use a scarf.
But the president, a well-known germaphobe who has spoken of his longtime concerns about shaking hands, indicated he won’t be sporting one, even as more and more Americans can be seen wearing masks in the streets and at stores amid stay-home orders.
‘I just don’t want to wear one myself, it’s a recommendation,’ Trump said. ‘Somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful 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.
The president said just before the guidance came out: ‘I don’t think it will be mandatory because some people don’t want to do that, but if people wanted to wear them, they can. People wanted to use scarves, which [if they have them], they can. In many cases, the scarf is better, it’s thicker. Depending on the material, it’s thicker.’
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