The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has stated that he will not wear a face mask, despite new medical guidance advising Americans to do so.
He said that he could not see himself greeting “Presidents, Prime Ministers, Dictators, Kings, Queens” in the Oval Office, while wearing one.
He described as voluntary the guidance issued on Friday, by the Centre for Disease Control, and Prevention, the government’s Public Health Advisory Agency, on mask wearing in the US.
“You do not have to do it”, he said. “I do not think I am going to be doing it”, he added.
The US has so far confirmed 278,458 cases of Covid-19, and more than 7,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
New York State remains the worst affected area, with nearly 3,000 deaths, and the State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has appealed for help from other parts of the country.
Until now, the US Health authorities had said that only the sick, or those caring for patients of infected with the coronavirus, should wear face masks, but newer studies suggested that covering up one’s face is important, to prevent inadvertent transmission of the deadly virus.
Trump had told Reporters on Friday, that “from recent studies, we know that the transmission from individuals without symptoms, is playing a more significant role in the spread of the virus, than previously understood”.
However, after announcing the Centre for Disease Control’s new guidance, he said: “I just do not want to do it myself.”
“Sitting in the Oval Office… I somehow do not see it for myself”, President Trump clearly stated.