Trump has CoronaVirus? What does this say about the Mask Policy?


President Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus Friday October 2nd. The Trumps tested positive along with Hope Hicks who was frequently traveling with the president last week. That same day, Trump was quickly transported from the White House to Walter Reed Hospital due to obesity and a higher statistical risk of the effects of the virus killing more than 200,000 people in America. 

The president canceled all public engagements and rallies. Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley contributed “He had a mild cough and nasal congestion and fatigue, all of which are now resolving and improving.” Before testing positive for coronavirus, Trump was planning to hold rallies in Wisconsin this weekend in the two designated COVID-19 “red zones” La Crosse and Green Bay. 

Trump has chosen not to wear a mask during public outings and members of his family were photographed not wearing masks during the presidential debate violating the co-host Cleveland Clinic’s policy for the event. Trump has told people the virus would go away in the summer and even posted an Easter end date for COVID-19 on social media. 

Trump says his administration recommends wearing cloth face coverings but he says he won’t wear a mask himself. “From recent studies, we know that the transmission from individuals without symptoms is playing a more significant role in the spread of the virus than previously understood,” Trump said, then he adds onto that with “You don’t have to do it. I’m choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it and that’s ok. It may be good. Probably will.”  Trump then said, “I have no problems with the masks. If you’re close together, I would put on the mask.” When asked whether he’d have a change of heart on both masks and social distancing he explained “I’m getting used to the mask … I will wear it when appropriate. I’ve always agreed with that. I’ve never fought either one.” 

As of Saturday the virus has killed at least 1,030,667 people and infected at least 34,758,446 worldwide. The U.S. has the world’s highest number of cases 7,373,881. America’s mask policy has evolved and Trump’s and administration’s position on face masks has shifted with both the unapologetic virus and mask wearing policies.

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