Donald Trump’s daily press briefings amid the coronavirus pandemic have been an adventure. Many have been critical of the president for lying during the briefings and his persistent attacks on the media. But Monday’s press conference was perhaps the most bizarre when he brought up several private sector CEOs to talk about what they’re doing to help the fight.
One of them was MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell whose company has been making facemarks for medical workers. Lindell is a Trump supporter, and as soon as he started talking, CNN immediately cut away from the press conference.
It went back to the studio where CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said the network “would continue to monitor the White House briefing and get the latest information from the president.”
For CNN, the My Pillow Guy was the straw that broke the camel's back — they cut away pic.twitter.com/FB0GIlbf6R
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) March 30, 2020
Lindell’s speech ended up focusing on people refocusing on Christianity during this time and he also praised Trump.
“God gave us grace on Nov. 8, 2016, to change the course we were on,” Lindell said. “God had been taken out of our schools and lives, a nation had turned its back on god. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word, read our Bibles and spend time with our families.”
“With our great president, vice president, and this administration and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever,” he added.
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.