Jerome Adams said that people need to be made aware of the need for masks, and then they will put them on voluntarily.
The top US health official on Sunday urged everyone to wear masks in public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but did not talk about the need for a mandatory requirement for the entire country.
A day after President Donald Trump first appeared in public in a mask, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, speaking on the program “Face the country” on CBS, said that people need to explain why it is essential to cover your face, and not act in the style of “big brother.”
“As a surgeon General, I want people to understand why they need to cover their face, and they’re more likely to do it, and do it voluntarily when we’re not watching it, that’s what’s important,” Adams said.
According to Adams, the trump administration is trying to move away from the previous attitude to masks, which was that they are not necessary.
Trump himself has wavered between ridiculing those who wear masks and saying that he sees nothing wrong with them.
On Saturday, he was spotted wearing a mask during a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“When you’re in the hospital, I think wearing a mask is a good idea,” he said.
Wearing a mask in public places becomes mandatory from Monday in Croatia and four Spanish regions: Andalusia, Aragon, La Rioja, and Navarre.
The leader of Andalusia, Juan Manuel Moreno, said that the authorities are afraid of the flow of tourists who will walk the streets and go to restaurants in popular places without masks.
Spain was among the countries most affected by the coronavirus. The state began easing the quarantine in June, but some local authorities are starting to re-impose restrictions as the rising incidence raises fears of a second wave.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced a new ban on alcohol sales and re-imposed a curfew due to a rise in new COVID-19 cases. South Africa is the leader in the number of detected cases of infection in Africa.
In a televised address, Ramaphosa said that hospitals and doctors now have neither the means nor the time to deal with injuries caused by alcohol use.
“There is a fight to save every life, and we must save every hospital bed,” he said.” the Coronavirus storm was much fiercer and more destructive than any other we have encountered.”
In June, South Africa lifted a two-month ban on alcohol sales, partly due to complaints from Breweries and winemakers.
Meanwhile, Mexico may soon overtake Italy and take fourth place in the number of deaths from COVID-19, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
In both countries, the victims of this disease were slightly less than 35 thousand people. However, some health officials in Mexico suggest that the real number of deaths is much higher due to insufficient testing.
The United States, where more than 135,000 people died, is far ahead of the rest of the world.
In Florida on Sunday, a dismal national record for the daily increase in new cases was set – 15299.
The incidence is increasing in southern and Western US States, partly because of what New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called “dumb behavior” when people refuse to wear masks and maintain social distance.