Touting actions he had taken to combat the coronavirus, Trump said of his travel restrictions on Europe: “I cut off Europe very early.”
Facts First: Trump was exaggerating; he never “cut off Europe” entirely. Rather, he imposed restrictions on travel from most European countries but exempted others. And his restrictions did not apply to some people traveling from Europe: US citizens, permanent US residents, certain family members of both citizens and permanent residents, and some other groups of travelers.
Trump’s restrictions initially applied to the 26 countries in the Schengen Area, a European zone in which people can move freely across internal borders without being subjected to border checks. Trump later added the United Kingdom and Ireland. That still left out some European countries, including Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine and Russia.
Scarves ‘better’ than masks
While discussing the question of whether his administration will advise citizens to use masks, Trump claimed that some scarves can be more effective against the coronavirus, when used to cover people’s faces, than masks themselves.
“In many cases the scarf is better; it’s thicker. I mean you can — depending on the material, it’s thicker,” the President said.
Trump also said that new recommendations for civilians using masks will come out soon.
When masks are no longer available, the CDC says, workers “might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort.” The guidance also states that “caution should be exercised when considering this option” and that face shields should be used in addition to these homemade masks.