President Donald Trump visited a mask distribution center in Pennsylvania without wearing a mask on Thursday, media outlets reported.
Trump toured Owen & Minor Inc. in Allentown and also spoke about the administration’s work in distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic, The Hill reported. Owen & Minor Inc. has sent millions of surgical gowns, N95 respirator masks, and gloves to hospitals, according to NBC.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and supply chain leader Rear Adm. John Polowczyk both wore face masks and employees who listened to Trump speak also wore face coverings, photos of the visit showed, according to The Hill.
In his first visit outside of Washington D.C. since the pandemic started, on May 5 Trump traveled to a Honeywell mask plant in Arizona without wearing a mask, CNN reported.
“I had a mask on for a period of time,” Trump said at the time, according to CNN. “I had it on back — backstage. But they said you didn’t need it, so, I didn’t need it. And by the way, if you noticed, nobody else had it on that was in the group.”
In early April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a guidance recommending people wear face masks “in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” The suggestion is aimed at reducing the possibility of spreading the virus, especially from asymptomatic people who may not know they are infected.
Source: Centre Daily