President Donald Trump changed his mind in favor of face masks as a method to combat the coronavirus in the United States. More than 14.6 million people have been infected by the virus and more than 600,000 have been killed since it first appeared in China, with fresh concern over its rapid spread in Africa. And despite the expectations for two vaccine candidates, there are few solutions available to counter the spread of COVID-19, though they include face masks — which Trump and his political allies have declined to endorse for months.
“There’s no one more patriotic than me, your favorite president!” The US authorities are struggling to cope with the crisis as infections are rising to four million, with more than 140,000 deaths, and Trump has been slammed into crisis management. Earlier on June 12, the President wore a mask in public for the first time during a visit to a military hospital.
The President is struggling to respond to public outrage just over 100 days after the November election, with the human toll increasing and the US economy ravaged. Tens of millions of Americans have been left unemployed, and the extra unemployment benefits of keeping some of them out of poverty are set to expire at the end of July.