The U.S. Surgeon General at the beginning of March tweeted an admonition to the American people: Stop buying face masks.
“Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS!” Jerome Adams tweeted on March 2. “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown last week slammed the Trump administration for its failure to provide companies that want to make respirator masks and ventilators with a guarantee of liability protection.
States and health care workers have been clamoring for more face masks, particularly the N95 masks.
Adams took to Twitter again Saturday with three messages to reiterate his advice that masks do not work for the healthy and are desperately needed by health care workers.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.