White House spokeswoman Kaylee McKinani said she was not going to use personal protective equipment at the upcoming major Republican rally in support of US President Donald Trump, despite the spread of coronavirus.
“This is a personal decision. They regularly check me (for coronavirus). I feel it’s safe for me not to wear a mask, ”Makinani said at a press briefing.
She emphasized that a number of large officials from the presidential administration will attend the rally, however, the organizers do not oblige the participants to use masks or gloves.
“We will give out antibacterial hand gel, masks for those who will be present, and decide to wear them,” the spokeswoman said.
According to her, the recommendations of the US authorities on the use of personal protective equipment are advisory in nature.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 2 million cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the United States. The country ranks first in the world in the number of cases.
On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities announced an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan. The causative agent of the disease is a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic.