President Trump once again offered up some advice during his COVID-19 news conference -- telling Americans that scarves are safe alternatives to medical face masks.
"It doesn't have to be a mask. It can be a scarf," Trump said. "What I do see people doing here is using scarves. And I think in a certain way, depending on the fabric, I think in a certain way, a scarf is better, it's actually better."
The CDC has already contradicted Trump's statement, saying that cloth substitutes cannot be considered protective as "their capability to protect [health care providers] is unknown." The CDC recommends using additional face guards if health care workers must resort to using bandannas, scarves and other substitutes per Politico.
"As far as the general public is concerned, the do-it-yourself option of wearing a scarf or bandana may be the best we can do at this point," said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Angela Hewlett of the Infectious Diseases Society of America told CNBC, "A scarf acts sort of like a handkerchief or a tissue," Hewlett said. "If you're wearing a scarf around your face, or another homemade mask, then there's a chance that your secretions will be contained in that as opposed to being spread to the environment."
"Use a scarf if you want, rather than going out and getting a mask or whatever," Trump said. "We're making millions and millions of masks, but we want them to go to the hospitals."