U.S. President Donald Trump opted not to wear a protective mask to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during a tour of the Honeywell International factory in Arizona on Tuesday, despite face coverings being recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A video of Trump’s personal tour of the facility captured the president giving a thumbs-up to the camera while Guns N’ Roses‘ 1991 cover of the rock anthem Live and Let Die played in the background.
Though a sign in the factory indicated that everyone is currently required to wear a mask, White House officials claimed Honeywell said Trump and other visitors did not need to wear masks, according to CNBC.
Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows can also be seen without masks in footage of the tour.
N95 respirators have been tested and proven to protect individuals from at least 95 per cent of airborne particles by filtering the air, according to the CDC.
Masks, both medical and non-medical, can be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, according to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer.
People who don’t have symptoms can wear non-medical masks when in public as “an additional measure” to protect other people, Tam said in a news conference last month.
Following Trump’s tour, many took to social media to point out that Trump did not wear a mask while millions of people are infected with COVID-19 and many are dying from it.
Here’s what some Twitter users had to say about Trump’s recent visit to Honeywell:
“(An) appropriate song for him; a window into his authentic self,” tweeted one user.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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— With files from Global News’ Meghan CollieView link »