Some of the most prominent congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, are having trouble properly donning the protective medical equipment.
Schumer was widely ridiculed for his attempt:
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— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) April 7, 2020
As was fellow Democrat, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee:
Sheila Jackson Lee showing us the “right” way to wear a mask. Someone needs to tell her she needs to cover her nose too. ? pic.twitter.com/QlTWYXsBGg
— Brett P?????? (@rBrettP) April 5, 2020
Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat, experienced similar difficulties:
— Roseanne Ward ✝️?? (@MimiPraying) April 6, 2020
Meanwhile, Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire for slightly different reasons:
Governor Blackface aka Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam strikes again. pic.twitter.com/SKnbtv9Mq8
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 6, 2020
Some intrepid Twitter users offered up Photoshopped images intended to guide Democratic lawmakers down the path toward proper face mask usage:
I would LOVE one of those!
— ? Pink Lady ? (TEXT TRUMP to 88022) (@pink_lady56) April 7, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control recently changed course on a previous recommendation, which advised against the blanket wearing of face masks to combat the spread of coronavirus.
In light of “new evidence” showing that people infected with coronavirus can spread the disease without showing symptoms, the CDC now “recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especiallyin areas of significant community-based transmission.”
The World Health Organization voiced concern on Monday that the wearing of medical masks by the general public could exacerbate the shortage for health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It said lockdowns in many places are proving effective in dampening spread of the coronavirus but any lifting of restrictions requires a calibrated, step-wise approach based on data.
European nations including hardest-hit Italy and Spain have started looking ahead to easing their lockdowns as fatality rates have fallen, while Austria said on Monday it would start reopening shops from next week, although it widened a requirement to wear face masks.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gheybresus, noting that several countries were considering new recommendations, said: “First and foremost medical masks must be prioritized for health workers on the front lines of the response.”
“We are concerned that the mass use of medical masks by the general population could exacerbate the shortage of these specialized masks for the people who need them most,” he told a virtual news conference.
“Masks alone cannot stop the pandemic, countries must continue to find, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact.”
(Reuters contributed to this report.)