On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence suggested at the day's coronavirus task force briefing that within a day, the White House may be issuing new guidelines allowing doctors to wear "cloth gowns" that can be washed and reused, as a means of cutting back on the cost of medical equipment.
Commenters on social media were stunned at this announcement — and didn't trust the advice at all.
Important. Vice President Pence says WH officials are looking at whether healthcare workers can wear reusable clot… https://t.co/Nqh4Dkkt4J— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor) 1586473053.0
‼️ Pence says today the White House could issue guidance in the next 24 hours recommending hospital workers use clo… https://t.co/LekE1SfLlz— Emily Kopp (@Emily Kopp) 1586473713.0
@Yamiche Hey Pence! Here's a clue for you: If you have to "recycle" gowns, you DON'T HAVE the supplies you need.— Bread & Circuses 🍞🎪 (@Bread & Circuses 🍞🎪) 1586473282.0
Pence: 20 years ago, physicians wore "Cloth Gowns". We should use them now because we can't always recycle." Cloth… https://t.co/5V81ZzXw6h— Moistened Bint🌿 (@Moistened Bint🌿) 1586473016.0
Has anyone bothered to inform Pence why PPE’s (including gowns), are disposable? Does this so-called task force und… https://t.co/bT1RrqrZnp— Amy Jo Green (@Amy Jo Green) 1586473557.0
Cloth gowns went away because of the possibility of cross contamination. This is Pence's "steam is great!" moment.… https://t.co/vsW2p9zPHr— BReese (@BReese) 1586473079.0
It would also require the production of cloth gowns that haven’t been produced in a very long time. At a time when… https://t.co/ArspmtkfLv— Carroll King (@Carroll King) 1586473796.0
Anyone in close proximity to Pence (or Trump) are subject to mandatory Covid 19 test. But healthcare workers may so… https://t.co/z1phnmtvKs— BP2014 (@BP2014) 1586473381.0