As COVID-19 moves around the world, one subject has occupied two of the world’s supposedly leading nations overnight: face masks.
In the USA In the USA, the top two men continue to publicly ignore the need to cover their faces as those around them become ill, while in the UK the public service broadcaster has provided a handy procedure for those with Questionable stitching (or not).
The UK’s interest in face masks has intensified after the government, eager for people to return to work, advised people in England to cover their faces in environments where they cannot socially distance themselves
The public is also urged not to buy surgical masks or respirators, which are a priority for healthcare workers. So let the tutorial begin.
There’s the reuse of a t-shirt design, the reinvented scarf and the UK government’s official advice on “how to wear and make a fabric face covering”.
It’s safe to say that two men who are unlikely to bookmark either page are the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his Vice President, Mike Pence.
The President of the United States has appeared without a face mask this morning despite the new orientation given to employees of the Trump administration that will require them to wear masks when they are inside the West Wing.
Two aides working near the president, an aide-de-camp and Katie Miller, the vice president’s spokeswoman, tested positive for the virus last week.
Trump and Pence have long ignored the need to wear masks, making it unlikely to change anytime soon, even with the death toll exceeding 80,000 and the drive to reopen the economy.
A former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said: “We are not reopening according to science. We are reopening according to policy, ideology and public pressure. AND I think it will end badly. ” “
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The Story The best practical guide to facial masks first appeared in The Canberra Times.