The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said Wednesday that he has “weeks” without touching his face as a precaution against the new outbreak of coronavirus and that it is something he “misses.”
“I haven’t touched my face for weeks. It’s been weeks. I miss it,” the president joked.
Trump made those statements at the White House during a meeting on the coronavirus with the directors of the country’s main airlines, including Southwest, United, American and JetBlue.
The airlines have been affected by cancellations and the decision of some multinationals to suspend or reduce travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They have recommended that citizens do not touch their faces, especially their eyes, nose and mouth, as a preventive measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
They also advise Americans to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; as well as using a hand sanitizer gel that has at least 60% alcohol.
Trump’s response to the virus has generated controversy, because last week he seemed to downplay the disease when compared to seasonal flu and, during an election rally in South Carolina, he seemed to refer to the coronavirus as a “farce” exaggerated by Democrats. To harm him.
His claim that he has not touched his face for weeks has also generated jokes on social networks of people who challenged others to show how much they were able to remain without doing so.
This Monday, the president met with the managers of ten pharmaceutical companies and asked them to accelerate the search for a vaccine for the outbreak.
In the US, eleven people have died from causes related to the virus and there are about 150 infected.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday that 93,090 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide, of which 2,223 correspond to the last 24 hours.
In China, the cases rise to 80,422, of which 120 are new, while those killed in this country total 2,984 from the outbreak of the disease.
With 835 cases, Iran is where the situation is most alarming, while South Korea and Italy remain the other two countries most affected, with 516 and 466 new infected, respectively.