Vice President Mike Pence announced on Wednesday that the government is encouraging front-line healthcare workers in the U.S. to “preserve and reuse” face masks and other protective equipment.
Pence, who heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said in a briefing that the U.S. still has “very strong” PPE supplies. However, he noted that the Trump administration is encouraging healthcare workers “to use some of the best practices” to “preserve and reuse” personal protective equipment like face masks.
Pence also announced flattening rates of coronavirus transmission in areas like Florida, Texas, and Arizona. He called on Americans to “keep doing what you’re doing.”
The White House’s Dr. Deborah Birx says Americans need to do limit gatherings —within and outside their homes to curb the spread of the virus. She also supports the closure of bars, ceasing of indoor dining in restaurants, and wearing face coverings in communities where virus transmission is high.