President Trump called on medical staff to reuse masks because of a shortage

Health worker in Kirkland, Washington, the first widespread outbreak of corona virus in the United States. Photo: Reuters.
Health worker in Kirkland, Washington, the first widespread outbreak of corona virus in the United States. Photo: Reuters.

Contrary to recommendations from federal health agencies, President Trump still urged physicians to practice hygiene and reuse masks when treating Covid-19 patients.

Speaking at the White House press conference on March 21, US President Donald Trump mentioned that the current “medical masks” are being discarded amidst the situation of insufficient supply of equipment.

“We have very good solutions to do this, clean our masks, and that’s what we should start doing more of,” the US leader said. Health workers should clean and reuse. Use a mask when working.

According to CNN, President Trump did not mention specific types of reusable masks. However, the recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emphasize that the N95 antibacterial respirator “should not be shared or reused.”

Also at the press conference, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that hospitals should seek guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the extended use time and limited reuse for an N95 respirator.

However, Mr. Fauci, a 50-year-old expert working for the US National Institutes of Health, does not deny the possibility of reusing this device.

“There are some CDC recommendations about how you can limit the use of masks in many jobs, when you conduct tests, how to reuse and what types of masks can be reused,” Fauci said. know.

In the guidelines for corona virus disease (Covid-19), the CDC warned that the possibility of transmitting coronavirus through exposure remains a mystery. The CDC recommendations also emphasize “not all masks can be reused.”

The agency only mentioned the ability to reuse N95 respirators, but had to use replaceable filters.

According to the New York Times, many doctors in the United States are given only one mask and are not told until they are given new personal protective equipment. In between cases, the physician must spray antifreeze or clean the mask himself. Many people are concerned that reusing masks may cause them to spread the virus to patients.

“Despite replenishing supplies from the strategic stockpile and other federal resources, medical equipment to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak is still not enough. We have heard of the situation of health workers. reusing masks or having to make replacement devices by themselves, “said the March 21 letter, stressed by the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association.

Before the outbreak in December 2019 in Wuhan, China was a producer of nearly half of the world’s masks. Supply to other countries plummeted because of a surge in demand for masks in China. The country also increased production by 12 times with most of it just for domestic supply.