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Voice of America 17 Apr 2020

Orangutan Tries to Wear Face Mask in Polish Zoo


▶️An orangutan at a Polish zoo showed the world how not to wear a face mask, Friday, April 17.
Staff at Gdansk Zoo, who wear face masks at work to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, recently gave 46-year-old Raja a mask to play with.
But instead of covering her face, the orangutan decided to place the mask over her shoulders and wear it on her torso.
Raja, who was born at a zoo in Rostock, Germany, before being moved to Gdansk, shares her cage with a male orangutan named Albert.

The WHO says it does not generally recommend the wearing of face masks in public.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asked New Yorkers on Thursday to wear face coverings in public to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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.
President Donald Trump says his administration is encouraging many Americans to wear face masks in public, though he stresses that the recommendation is optional and is conceding that he will not be complying with it. (April 3)

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