Surgeon general urges face coverings

Henrietta Strickland
July 13, 2020

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday the USA can reverse course and control the latest outbreaks of the coronavirus in just a few weeks if people follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines to prevent the spread of the potentially fatal virus.

Adams - who wore a mask for the interview - defended his earlier comments by saying, "Well, it's important for people to understand that once upon a time, we prescribed cigarettes for asthmatics and leeches and cocaine and heroin for people as medical treatments". Some states and cities have made wearing a mask a requirement in certain situations and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised that everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public".

"Everything we knew about coronaviruses before that point told us that people were not likely to spread when they were asymptomatic", Adams said.

However, Adams said that the Trump administration is "trying to correct" its mixed messaging on masks during his Sunday morning appearance on the program.

He also said the nation is " in a very different place than what we were in February", assuring the nation is doing "much better to respond". "The American people need to know that science is about giving the best recommendations you can and when you learn more you change those recommendations". Members of the president's team rushed to share pictures and praise the mask-clad Mr. Trump for the move.

Adams said the CDC, World Health Organization and a New England Journal of Medicine article in May all indicated that masks were not effective. "So that's one case where we need to work directly with local school districts and help them figure out, okay, if you can't do what is the gold standard, best case scenario, can you do something that's a compromise to safely reopen?" "That is a very important consideration".

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