It’s like the virus is circling its main target.
Courtesy of NBC News:
Three members of the White House coronavirus task force will self-quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19, administration officials said Saturday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, will quarantine for 14 days. Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, has already gone into quarantine.
Fauci, who has emerged as the most high-profile public health expert on President Donald Trump’s task force, will follow a “modified” quarantine for the next two weeks after “low-risk” exposure to a White House aide who tested positive for coronavirus, according to an administration official.
He is expected to work mostly from home but planned to testify in person next week before the Senate. Hahn and Redfield will also testify but via videoconference.
“Dr. Fauci has tested negative for CoVID-19, and he will continue to be tested regularly,” a NIAID spokeswoman said. “He is actively monitoring his temperature and other health indicators.”
She added that Fauci was “considered to be at relatively low risk based on the degree of his exposure,” but he was “taking appropriate precautions to mitigate risk to any of his personal contacts while still allowing him to carry out his responsibilities in this public health crisis.”
There is no information suggesting that Trump, Pence, or their family members are following a similar course of action.
And one would think they should especially after hearing this next story.
Courtesy of TPM:
A personal assistant to Ivanka Trump, who is President Donald Trump’s daughter and a top White House adviser, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
According to CNN, the assistant had been tested out of caution and was found to have the virus, though she did not exhibit any symptoms.
An unnamed source told CNN that she has not been near Trump in recent weeks. Trump and Jared Kushner, her husband and a fellow White House senior adviser, took tests for COVID-19 on Friday, which both came up negative.
As we know testing negative does not necessarily mean that you are virus-free, so I think it is only a matter of time before Pence, Trump, or their family members start testing positive.
Wow, the White House is turning into quite the little petri dish isn’t it?