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MSNBC 2 Apr 2020

Should You Wear A Mask To Protect From The Coronavirus?

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We talked to a respiratory doctor to make sense of the confusing messaging coming from the Trump administration on whether you should wear a mask to protect you from the coronavirus.


Feeling confused about whether you should wear a face mask to protect yourself and others from coronavirus?

The World Health Organization clearly states that medical masks should be for healthcare workers, not for the general public.

But some countries don't agree, with several governments telling people they need to wear masks whenever they go out.

Some are advising people to make their own.

The BBC's Laura Foster looks at the science.

Video by Tobias Chapple, Laura Foster, and Terry Saunders.
The coronavirus pandemic is on the decline in China, but some parents aren't taking any chances. Before heading out to a Shanghai amusement park, the Junjie family outfitted their 2-year-old son in an inflatable suit. While other children are seen running around outside with just protective masks, this toddler is waddling around in the bulky suit, looking like a tiny astronaut. InsideEdition.com's Mara Montalbano has more.
President Trump announced that the CDC is changing its guidelines to recommend people wear simple cloth face masks to protect against the coronavirus, though he said he didn't plan to do so himself. Surgeon General Jerome Adams joined him at the White House briefing to explain the changing guidance on face masks.
CNN's Anderson Cooper reports that President Donald Trump plans to wind down the coronavirus task force near the end of May.

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DON’T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT.
SUPPORT. >> I’M GLAD YOU RAISED THE
>> I’M GLAD YOU RAISED THE SUBJECT OF MASKS.
SUBJECT OF MASKS. WE HAD THE PRESIDENT KIND OF
WE HAD THE PRESIDENT KIND OF RIFFING ON MASKS FOR THE LAST
RIFFING ON MASKS FOR THE LAST TWO DAYS, TELLING US FROM HIS
TWO DAYS, TELLING US FROM HIS STANDPOINT THAT MAYBE SOME
STANDPOINT THAT MAYBE SOME SCARVES ARE BETTER.
SCARVES ARE BETTER. AND THEN JUST THIS EVENING, THE
AND THEN JUST THIS EVENING, THE MAYORS OF OUR TWO BIGGEST
MAYORS OF OUR TWO BIGGEST CITIES, NEW YORK AND L.A., ARE
CITIES, NEW YORK AND L.A., ARE TELLING PEOPLE IF YOU GO
TELLING PEOPLE IF YOU GO OUTSIDE, PUT SOMETHING ON YOUR
OUTSIDE, PUT SOMETHING ON YOUR FACE.
FACE. YET SILENCE, CRICKETS FROM THE
YET SILENCE, CRICKETS FROM THE OFFICIAL PART OF THE GOVERNMENT
OFFICIAL PART OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT WOULD LAY OUT SUCH A THING,
THAT WOULD LAY OUT SUCH A THING, AND CITIZENS HAVE BEEN ASKING
AND CITIZENS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR WEEKS, SHOULD WE WEAR THESE
FOR WEEKS, SHOULD WE WEAR THESE THINGS OR NOT?
THINGS OR NOT? >> THERE IS NO COMPELLING
>> THERE IS NO COMPELLING EVIDENCE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER
EVIDENCE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER THAT PUTTING A FACE MASK
THAT PUTTING A FACE MASK FASHIONED AT HOME IS GOING TO
FASHIONED AT HOME IS GOING TO PROTECT YOU.
PROTECT YOU. SOME EVIDENCE SUGGESTS MAYBE IT
SOME EVIDENCE SUGGESTS MAYBE IT DOES.
DOES. OTHER EVIDENCE OUT OF CHINA, IT
OTHER EVIDENCE OUT OF CHINA, IT DOESN’T.
DOESN’T. NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE.
NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE. AND SO IF PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE
AND SO IF PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE THEIR OWN FACE MASK AT HOME, BY
THEIR OWN FACE MASK AT HOME, BY ALL MEANS.
ALL MEANS. NO ONE’S GOING TO STOP YOU.
NO ONE’S GOING TO STOP YOU. BUT HERE’S THE CONCERN.
BUT HERE’S THE CONCERN. IS THIS GOING TO BE AN OFF-RAMP
IS THIS GOING TO BE AN OFF-RAMP FOR LET’S NOT CONSUME PRECIOUS
FOR LET’S NOT CONSUME PRECIOUS PPE THAT YOU’RE HIGHLIGHTING THE
PPE THAT YOU’RE HIGHLIGHTING THE DESPERATE NEED IN URBAN AREAS
DESPERATE NEED IN URBAN AREAS LIKE NEW YORK CITY FOR HEALTH
LIKE NEW YORK CITY FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS?
CARE WORKERS? WHAT WE DON’T WANT IS MIXED
WHAT WE DON’T WANT IS MIXED MESSAGING CAUSING PEOPLE TO
MESSAGING CAUSING PEOPLE TO PURCHASE SURGICAL MASKS, OTHER
PURCHASE SURGICAL MASKS, OTHER PPE.
PPE. IF WE CAN RESTRICT THAT TO HOME
IF WE CAN RESTRICT THAT TO HOME MADE MASKS, THAT’S GREAT.
MADE MASKS, THAT’S GREAT. DO I THINK THAT’S GOING TO
DO I THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN?
HAPPEN? WHO KNOWS?
WHO KNOWS? THIS IS SO CONFUSING.
THIS IS SO CONFUSING. THE MESSAGE CHANGES EVERY THREE
THE MESSAGE CHANGES EVERY THREE DAYS.
DAYS. WE NEED CONSISTENCY AND
WE NEED CONSISTENCY AND EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES NOW, A
EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES NOW, A NATIONAL LOCKDOWN.
NATIONAL LOCKDOWN. >> SHANNON PETTYPIECE, YOU HEARD
>> SHANNON PETTYPIECE, YOU HEARD THE DOCTOR.
THE DOCTOR. WE SEE YOU IN THE DAILY
WE SEE YOU IN THE DAILY BRIEFINGS ON LIVE COVERAGE.
BRIEFINGS ON LIVE COVERAGE. IS THERE ANYONE WHO IS WILLING
IS THERE ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO ADMIT THAT A NATIONAL
TO ADMIT THAT A NATIONAL AUDIENCE, JUST TO THE
AUDIENCE, JUST TO THE CONVERSATION WE WERE JUST
CONVERSATION WE WERE JUST HAVING, IS GETTING INCONSISTENT,
HAVING, IS GETTING INCONSISTENT, MISLEADING INFORMATION AND
MISLEADING INFORMATION AND OFTEN, AGAIN TODAY, STRAIGHT-UP
OFTEN, AGAIN TODAY, STRAIGHT-UP MISINFORMATION FROM THAT PODIUM?
MISINFORMATION FROM THAT PODIUM? >> WELL, I MEAN YOU COULD SEE
>> WELL, I MEAN YOU COULD SEE THE INCONSISTENCIES AS DR. GUPTA
THE INCONSISTENCIES AS DR. GUPTA IS TALKING ABOUT IN THIS
IS TALKING ABOUT IN THIS BRIEFING TODAY.
BRIEFING TODAY. IT WAS 2 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES OF
IT WAS 2 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES OF INCONSISTENCIES, AND AT TIMES
INCONSISTENCIES, AND AT TIMES THE PEOPLE ON THE STAGE THERE,
THE PEOPLE ON THE STAGE THERE, ON THE DAIS CONTRADICTING EACH
ON THE DAIS CONTRADICTING EACH OTHER.
OTHER. TAKE THE ISSUE OF FACE MASKS.
TAKE THE ISSUE OF FACE MASKS. YOU HAD THE PRESIDENT, WHEN WE
YOU HAD THE PRESIDENT, WHEN WE ASKED HIM ABOUT THIS ALMOST
ASKED HIM ABOUT THIS ALMOST EVERY DAY THIS WEEK, IS THERE
EVERY DAY THIS WEEK, IS THERE GOING TO BE A RECOMMENDATION ON
GOING TO BE A RECOMMENDATION ON FACE MASKS, AND, YOU KNOW, THE
FACE MASKS, AND, YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT RECOMMENDING PEOPLE
PRESIDENT RECOMMENDING PEOPLE WEAR A SCARF AND SAYING THAT IN
WEAR A SCARF AND SAYING THAT IN SOME WAYS, A SCARF COULD BE
SOME WAYS, A SCARF COULD BE BETTER THAN A SURGICAL MASK
BETTER THAN A SURGICAL MASK BECAUSE IT IS THICKER.
BECAUSE IT IS THICKER. I MEAN MAYBE THE DOCTOR CAN
I MEAN MAYBE THE DOCTOR CAN ADDRESS THAT, BUT I DON’T SEE,
ADDRESS THAT, BUT I DON’T SEE, YOU KNOW, DOCTORS WEARING
YOU KNOW, DOCTORS WEARING SCARVES IN THE OPERATING ROOM.
SCARVES IN THE OPERATING ROOM. SO I’M GOING TO THINK MAYBE A
SO I’M GOING TO THINK MAYBE A SURGICAL MASK IS A BIT BETTER.
SURGICAL MASK IS A BIT BETTER. BUT THEY DON’T WANT PEOPLE GOING
BUT THEY DON’T WANT PEOPLE GOING OUT AND BUYING SURGICAL MASKS,
OUT AND BUYING SURGICAL MASKS, SO THE PRESIDENT IS TALKING
SO THE PRESIDENT IS TALKING ABOUT SCARVES.
ABOUT SCARVES. BUT A MOMENT LATER, YOU HAD
BUT A MOMENT LATER, YOU HAD DR. BIRX ALMOST CONTRADICT THAT
DR. BIRX ALMOST CONTRADICT THAT BY SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, A REAL
BY SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, A REAL CAUTIONARY MESSAGE SAYING, WE
CAUTIONARY MESSAGE SAYING, WE DON’T WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE A
DON’T WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE A FALSE SENT OF SECURITY.
FALSE SENT OF SECURITY. WE DON’T WANT THEM TO THINK
WE DON’T WANT THEM TO THINK BECAUSE THEY HAVE A MASK OR A
BECAUSE THEY HAVE A MASK OR A SCARF ON, THEY CAN NOW GO OUT TO
SCARF ON, THEY CAN NOW GO OUT TO A RESTAURANT OR HANG OUT WITH
A RESTAURANT OR HANG OUT WITH THEIR FRIENDS.
THEIR FRIENDS. SO JUST IN A BREATH YOU HAVE
SO JUST IN A BREATH YOU HAVE THEM CONTRADICTING EACH OTHER.
THEM CONTRADICTING EACH OTHER. JARED KUSHNER YOU HAD COME UP TO
JARED KUSHNER YOU HAD COME UP TO THE STAGE AND TALK ABOUT THIS
THE STAGE AND TALK ABOUT THIS DATA-ORIENTED PROCESS THEY HAVE
DATA-ORIENTED PROCESS THEY HAVE FOR ALLOCATING RESOURCES, YET AT
FOR ALLOCATING RESOURCES, YET AT THE SAME TIME TALKING ABOUT AN
THE SAME TIME TALKING ABOUT AN ANECDOTE FROM THIS WEEK WHERE
ANECDOTE FROM THIS WEEK WHERE INSTEAD OF USING DATA, IT WAS A
INSTEAD OF USING DATA, IT WAS A CALL FROM ONE OF THE PRESIDENT’S
CALL FROM ONE OF THE PRESIDENT’S FRIENDS IN NEW YORK THAT CAUSED
FRIENDS IN NEW YORK THAT CAUSED HIM TO DISTRIBUTE A LARGE BULK
HIM TO DISTRIBUTE A LARGE BULK OF N95 MASKS TO A NEW YORK CITY
OF N95 MASKS TO A NEW YORK CITY HOSPITAL, THOUGH A PHONE CALL
HOSPITAL, THOUGH A PHONE CALL FROM A PRESIDENT’S FRIEND GETS
FROM A PRESIDENT’S FRIEND GETS YOU MASKS DOESN’T NECESSARILY
YOU MASKS DOESN’T NECESSARILY SOUND LIKE THIS THOROUGH
SOUND LIKE THIS THOROUGH DATA-DRIVEN APPROACH HE SPENT
DATA-DRIVEN APPROACH HE SPENT MUCH TIME TALKING ABOUT.
MUCH TIME TALKING ABOUT. IT’S VERY CONFUSING AND IT’S
IT’S VERY CONFUSING AND IT’S CONFUSING FOR US SITTING IN THE
CONFUSING FOR US SITTING IN THE ROOM.
ROOM. IT’S CONFUSING FOR ME SITTING
IT’S CONFUSING FOR ME SITTING THERE, AND I’VE SAT THROUGH
THERE, AND I’VE SAT THROUGH EVERY ONE OF THESE THIS WEEK.
EVERY ONE OF THESE THIS WEEK. SO I CAN EMPATHIZE WITH EVERYONE

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