President Trump encouraged people to wear a personal protective mask should they go into the public, calling it a “patriotic” thing to do.
Posting a picture of himself in a mask, the president said the country is “united” in the fight to defeat the coronavirus.
“We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” he tweeted.
We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020
The tweet comes months after President Trump and members of his own coronavirus task force challenged the effectiveness of face masks.
The big picture: After months of a partisan debate over wearing masks, two-thirds of Americans — and a noticeably increasing number of Republicans — now say they’re wearing a face mask whenever they leave the house, according to the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Scientific evidence shows face masks can help control the spread of the coronavirus, but the nuances and changes in messaging about their use have complicated public health efforts.
The changing attitudes on masks come as coronavirus infections surge across much of the country, threatening to overwhelm hospital systems in Republican-led states like Florida, Arizona and Texas.
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CDC director Robert Redfield has said the coronavirus outbreak could be “under control” within four to eight weeks if everyone in the U.S. wore masks.