U.S. President Donald Trump introduced Friday morning that he had tested positive for COVID-19, however a few of his shut aides suspected he was sick as early as Wednesday. And he knew by Thursday morning that his senior adviser Hope Hicks, who he had traveled with on Marine One the day prior to this, had examined constructive for the virus.
However he didn’t cease assembly with officers and supporters till Thursday night, when his personal take a look at got here again constructive, that means that he probably unfold the illness to numerous individuals — an absence of warning that tracks completely together with his administration’s flustered, inconsistent nationwide method to preventing the pandemic.
“Trump [knew] he ought to’ve quarantined underneath CDC tips as quickly as Hicks take a look at identified, however he didn’t,” tweeted Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist on the Federation of American Scientists.
On Wednesday, the day aides seen that Trump was acting lethargic and hoarse, he held a fundraiser in Minnesota, throughout which friends — a lot of them GOP officers — embraced one another and even sang karaoke.
The following morning, the White Home discovered that Hicks had the bug. As an alternative of calling off occasions, although, Trump went forward and attended a fundraising occasion that night, simply hours earlier than he himself examined constructive.
Now, CNBC reports that the 30 to 50 attendees who got here inside shut proximity of the president at the moment are “freaking out,” based on an nameless supply briefed on the occasion.
Previous to any of that, The New York Times documented that Trump went unmasked to a number of fundraisers, rallies, press conferences, and conferences over the previous week. This consists of the primary presidential debate in opposition to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, although Biden and his spouse both tested negative for COVID-19 after Trump introduced his personal an infection.
Due to the coronavirus’ incubation interval, it’s probably Trump may have been spreading the coronavirus throughout these appointments and occasions, particularly as a result of he almost never wears a face mask.
A variety of figures near Trump have already been examined, together with Vice President Mike Pence and his spouse Karen, who’re reportedly negative.
A variety of attendees of the Saturday Rose Backyard occasion at which Trump introduced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court docket have additionally examined constructive, together with Senator Mike Lee and Notre Dame President John Jenkins. Barrett examined destructive since then, however met with Lee again days earlier than he was recognized.
The complete implications of Trump’s an infection might not be clear for days or perhaps weeks till extra persons are examined and infections run their course. Whereas coming close to somebody with COVID-19 doesn’t assure transmission, the coronavirus can readily spread through the air, probably placing everybody who was close to Trump over the previous week in danger.
It’s depressingly constant that the identical President who from the start deliberately downplayed the risks of the pandemic, which has now killed over 208,000 within the U.S., would proceed to carry fundraisers in individual even after he discovered he had been uncovered to the virus himself.
Hopefully, as extra officers and workers proceed to get examined, a clearer image of the White Home’s personal COVID-19 spreader occasions will emerge.