First Lady Melania Trump in a brief video message Wednesday thanked “on behalf of a grateful nation” all the medical personnel and other frontline responders who are “fighting this invisible enemy” in the United States.
“To all of our medical personnel and other frontline responders. On behalf of a grateful nation. Thank you,” Melania said. “The President and I appreciate all that you’re doing to keep the people of our country healthy and safe in the most difficult of times, the United States never fails to rise to the occasion with both unity and strength. It is because of you, that the people of America are receiving the care and treatment they need.”
“We stand united with you and we salute your courageous and compassionate efforts. Our prayers are with all who are fighting this invisible enemy, COVID-19.”
Last week, Melania encouraged all Americans to wear face masks as well as continuing social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“As the weekend approaches I ask that everyone take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously. [COVID -19] is a virus that can spread to anyone – we can stop this together,” the First Lady tweeted Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the new recommendation advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to prevent transmissions from those who may be asymptomatic to help slow the spread. New research studies have now shown that the virus lingering for hours in the air after infected people cough, sneeze or even speak.
The guidance advises the use of masks in “in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain” such as supermarkets and pharmacies and in hotspot areas where the virus is spreading rapidly. It emphasizes not to use surgical masks or N-95 respirators as those are considered critical supplies reserved only for healthcare workers and other first responders on the frontline.
White House Coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx warn that a face mask should not be viewed as the only “artificial sense of protection” as this new recommendation is just an add on to the existing President’s Coronavirus Guidelines.
“The most important thing is the social distancing and washing your hands,” Dr. Birx said at the White House Coronavirus Task Force daily Briefing last Thursday. “And we don’t want people to get an artificial sense of protection because they’re behind a mask. Because if they’re touching things — remember your eyes are not in the mask — so if you’re touching things and then touching your eyes you’re exposing yourself in the same way.”
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