Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he would urge ordinary people to use scarves instead of masks so healthcare workers would have adequate supplies.
"You can use a scarf. A lot of people have scarves, and you can use a scarf. A scarf would be very good.
"My feeling is, if people want to do it, there's certainly no harm to it. I would say do it, but use a scarf if you want, you know, rather than going out and getting a mask or whatever.
"We are making millions and millions of masks, but we want them to go to the hospitals."
Scarves are not a safe alternative to N-95 masks, according to Raw Story.
While N-95 masks are specially created to filter 95% of impurities out of the air, many scarves are loosely knitted and can hold the virus in the fibres.