The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, on Saturday noted that he will not wear a face mask following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the US.
President Trump is rejecting this safety measure despite new medical guidance advising people in the country to do so.
He noted that it is not right for him to be greeting “presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens” in the Oval Office while wearing one.
The US president stated that the directives given by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, on mask-wearing in the US, is voluntary.
“You do not have to do it,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.”
278,458 cases of COVIID-19 and more than 7,000 deaths have been confirmed in the US.
The country’s health authorities had before now said that only the sick, or those caring for patients of coronavirus, should wear masks, but newer studies suggest that covering up one’s face is important to prevent inadvertent transmission.
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.”
But after announcing the CDC’s new guidance he said: “I just don’t want to do it myself.”
“Sitting in the Oval Office… I somehow don’t see it for myself.”