A volunteer 'sewing squad' distributed more than 55,000 masks to vulnerable communities in 3 months. They're not slowing down
Kristina Wong is an actress and comedian known for her one-women shows. But she traded the stage for a sewing machine and formed a team of volunteers to make masks during the coronavirus pandemic. The artist was preparing for the debut of her new show right before the pandemic hit the US. "I was set to tour all over the country. The pandemic happened and I was like, 'Oh, of course this happened.'"Although the tour's postponement financially hurt Wong, she did not despair. "I'm not going to be depressed the way I was after 9/11 or during the recession in 2008," she said. "I'm going to do stuff. I'm going to stay busy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's re-election campaign made the decision to "strongly encourage" masks at the Republican president's next rally as a precautionary measure, the White House chief of staff said on Monday. © Reuters/Leah Millis U.S. President Trump signs executive order on police reform at the White House in Washington
The Trump campaign plans an outdoor rally on Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
"Obviously we're looking forward to being in the Granite State and back with the folks up in New Hampshire, and as we look at that it's more a factor of precaution," Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in an interview with Fox News.
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“We must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday. McConnell explained that wearing a face mask is less an act of self-preservation than one of altruism, since the primary function of a face mask, respirator or cloth covering is to keep the wearer from spreading his or her own viral particles to others. House Minority Leader KevinWASHINGTON — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage large swaths of the U.S., leading Republicans and even some right-wing television personalities have now come out in favor of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
In announcing Saturday's rally in Portsmouth, the campaign said, "There will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear."
The change comes after Trump's indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month drew widespread attention for not imposing coronavirus restrictions, including social distancing and masks.
Masks were handed out in Tulsa but not specifically encouraged. Trump has refused to wear a mask in public or recommend that others do so, in contrast to the messaging from U.S. health experts on the White House coronavirus task force.
At least eight members of the campaign’s staff who were in Tulsa for the June 20 rally tested positive.
In addition, Kimberly Guilfoyle, a senior campaign official and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., has tested positive and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said last week he had contracted the virus. Both attended the Tulsa rally.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McAnany added on Fox, "So the campaign has been very clear that not only will we be giving out masks but we recommend the wearing of those masks. It's very important to follow the CDC guidelines."
Trump's pre-July 4 holiday event at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota on Friday drew 7,500 people, packed into an outdoor amphitheater. Masks were not required and many people did not wear them.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Dan Grebler)
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