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Voice of America 13 May 2020

Coronavirus: Syria Volunteers Produce Face Masks in Idlib


Volunteers from the Violet Organization work to produce face masks Tuesday, May 12, in a workshop in Syria's northwestern city of Idlib.

On today's What America's Thinking, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds a majority of voters support mandatory face masks in public in some capacity. 40% support it being mandatory in both indoor and outdoor public spaces while 28% say indoor only. Pollster and Ipsos director of research, Mallory Newall, explains public opinion on this issue while physician and health systems expert, Dr. Prabhjot Singh discusses how to bring face masks into American culture. This survey was conducted online within the United States from May 18-19, 2020 among 932 registered voters by HarrisX. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. The results reflect a nationally representative sample of registered voters. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, political party, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring people to wear cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing can't be maintained. It goes into effect Friday. Watch his remarks.
Even though many countries began advising citizens to wear face masks in public not long after the coronavirus outbreak started, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, only recently began recommending that people use cloth coverings for their faces in public places, like grocery stores. In Los Angeles, one fashion designer who is also a registered nurse started making face masks even before the U.S. issued the new recommendation. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the details.
The French government will unveil his end of lockdown plan this afternoon.

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