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Opinion - Just wear the mask - even you, Trump

Published on April 5, 2020 9:26 PM
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Trump announced last week that the CDC and the White House COVID-19 Task Force have begun to urge Americans to wear non-medical cloth face coverings when in public â?? although he doesnâ??t seem to be heeding his own advice.

At a news conference on Friday, April 3, Trump said, â??Iâ??m feeling good. I just donâ??t want to be doing â?? 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, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I donâ??t know, somehow I donâ??t see it for myself. I just donâ??t. Maybe Iâ??ll change my mind.â??

Whether weâ??re greeting dictators, kings and queens or simply making a trip to Trader Joeâ??s, we should be following all of the CDC guidelines. Staying 6 or more feet apart, only leaving your home when necessary and wearing a mask are not enjoyable practices, but they are a lot more enjoyable than getting yourself or someone you love sick.

While we should have been practicing social distancing for several weeks by now, the CDCâ??s recommendation to implement the use of face masks as well is a change in tune. Until Friday, the CDC stated that only individuals showing symptoms need to use masks.

Since homemade masks are not as effective as N95 and other medical masks, they feared mass panic would prompt the public to hoard these items that are already in dangerously short supply in hospitals and other health care centers. U.S. Surgeon Gen. Dr. Jerome Adams had gone as far as to instruct the general public against wearing masks altogether.

â??Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!â?? Adams tweeted. â??They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers canâ??t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!â??

Now Adams and the rest of the task force have backtracked. During the press conference, he conceded that the recommendations had been â??confusing to the American peopleâ?? but their understanding had evolved, prompting a change in guidelines. Our actions must evolve with them.

Because we now understand that as many as 25% of cases are asymptomatic but still highly transmissible, it is irresponsible to suggest that only those with symptoms wear masks to stop the spread. So please, leave the N95 masks for the workers on the frontlines, but keep yourself and everyone around you safer by making and wearing a homemade cloth mask â?? like this one.

It is becoming clearer that no one is invincible, meaning that not wearing a mask or following other regulations to stop the spread is not only dangerous to yourself but incredibly selfish.

But blatant selfishness is nothing new for the president. During the impeachment hearings on Jan. 24, House Impeachment Manager Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., remarked that this is a pillar of his track record.

â??You canâ??t trust this president will do whatâ??s right for this country. He will do whatâ??s right for Donald Trump,â?? Schiff said. â??The American people deserve a president they can count on to put their interests first.â??

If Trumpâ??s response to the pandemic has shown us anything, itâ??s that Schiff is right. We canâ??t count on him to keep us safe, apparently if it comes at the ...

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