BEIJING, Feb 2 (Xinhua) — Two U.S. senators on Wednesday joined growing calls for Americans to wear masks outside to prevent infection,media reported. Earlier, public health officials said they were considering recommending that everyone wear masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
Senator Michael Bennet, Democrat of Colorado, said his wife was one of many Americans who were making their own protective masks and promised to give his wife a mask of his own to Senator Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania. The latter is working with him to promote wider use of masks.
“We really want to get some support behind this,” Toomey told reporters on a conference call with Bennett. “
Toomey said he discussed the wider use of masks in a phone call with President Trump on Tuesday, and said Mr. Trump was very open about them.
In the early days of the U.S. outbreak, the idea of widespread use of masks was largely rejected. Both the CDC and the Department of Health advise the public not to wear masks unless they are unwell or caring for sick people. But as cases have increased rapidly, more and more people are beginning to support wearing masks.
U.S. health officials said Tuesday they are discussing whether to recommend that the public wear masks because highly contagious COVID-19 respiratory diseases are spreading rapidly across the country.
U.S. President Donald Trump said at an outbreak briefing that he would urge ordinary people to use scarves to ensure the supply of masks for front-line health care workers fighting the epidemic.