Reports are pouring in that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top epidemiologist and leader of Trump’s coronavirus (COVID-19) on-again/off-again and back- on-again Task Force, announced today that he has placed himself under a “modified quarantine” after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Fauci said that he came in contact with an actual coronavirus patient, who is a White House staffer. That staffer was "low risk," in that the good doctor did not have overly close contact with the person while they were contagious.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, Robert Redfield, has also placed himself under a self-quarantining regimen. He also allowed that his contact was with a similarly "low-risk" individual.
Of course, one of Donald Trump's Oval Office valets and food server tested positive for the virus just last week.
Yesterday, on Friday, reports that Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary and wife of White House adviser Stephen Miller, also tested positive.
And, finally, and also on Friday, CNN reported that Ivanka Trump's personal assistant had also tested positive.
Dr. Fauci’s "low risk" contact is not being revealed. But it is known that he and Katie Miller worked closely on the Task Force.
Dr. Fauci’s "modified quarantine" means that he will begin working from home and wearing a mask for fourteen days. He also said that he may occasionally show up at his National Institutes of Health office because he would be the only one there.
Dr. Fauci also told CNN that he tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday, and will be tested every day from now on.
It's unclear who the coronavirus patient Dr. Fauci had "low risk" contact with was, but Katie Miller frequently attended White House coronavirus task force meetings with Dr. Fauci (and many others), according to CNN.
The White House told CNN that Trump and Pence were tested again as a precaution, and that both tested negative.
They are tested weekly with Abbott rapid result test devices. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, also tested negative as of Friday.
Trump and Pence have both drawn sharp backlash for not following the White House's own directive to wear masks when going out in public.
They(unlike just about everyone else in the world) are tested weekly with the new Abbott rapid result test devices. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, also tested negative as of Friday.
And so, the COVID-19 coronavirus walls seem to inexorably be closing in on Trump and his regime. Last week, it was reported that he was “lava-level” mad after getting the news that one of his food servers was full-blown positive for the bug.
And that is completely understandable, given Trump’s heretofore lifelong approach to solving what to most of us are seemingly intractable problems. He cannot spin his way out of this one. Try as he might, Trump cannot lie, obfuscate, misdirect this “invisible enemy.”
There is this, though: Even if Trump or Pence tested positive, do you really believe that they would allow it to become public?