US President Donald Trump has vowed on Friday not to order American citizens to wear facemasks in public to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s comments came after America’s top health expert, Anthony Fauci, urged the local authorities and the Federal administration to be as forceful as possible in getting residents to wear masks.
Fauci further added that wearing face coverings at public places is essential. In the US, the wearing of facemasks has become a highly politicized issue. Many state authorities and governors have made wearing masks mandatory rather than a personal choice.
Many among them are Republican governors, including Alabama’s Kay Ivey, who reversed their earlier opposition to the mandates. The incumbent US President had previously resisted wearing a facemask himself, but last Saturday, he wore a facemask in public for the first time.
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However, on Friday, while talking to a local news channel, Trump mentioned that he did not agree with a national mask mandate, arguing that residents should have a certain freedom. The US health body, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, urged the people in a statement to wear facemasks in public.
Robert R Redfield, the director of the CDC, said that people are defenseless against the coronavirus pandemic. He further added that facemasks are one of the most important weapons which can effectively curb the spread of coronavirus, particularly when used universally in a public setting.
Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of the state of Georgia, has urged the residents to wear facemasks for the next month. Despite taking legal action against the mayor of Atlanta, Lance Bottoms, for making masks mandatory in the city, Kemp appealed to the people to wear face coverings.
Meanwhile, mayor Bottoms has herself tested positive of the coronavirus. In the absence of the statewide mandate, Oklahoma City authorities are also considering a city-wide indoor masks requirement. Many southern American states are recording a surge in coronavirus infections. In California and Texas, hundreds of medical staff have been deployed to help the officials cope with the rapid surge in new infections.
Meanwhile, In Arizona and Texas, cooler trucks have also been sent to store dead bodies. In Florida, the overwhelmed health facilities have reported that ICUs are at full capacity and they are not able to accept more patients in the hospitals.
The two most Populous states of America have told millions of students that they will not be going back for a new academic year. The matter of opening schools has also become another highly politicized issue in the US political landscape.
Meanwhile, the new CDC guidelines regarding reopening of schools which were due to be released this week, have also been delayed, local media reported. According to the data compiled by John Hopkins University, the US remains the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, there have a total of 3.6 million confirmed cases with nearly 139,000 fatalities so far.
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