How Many People Has Donald Trump Already Infected With COVID-19? - 2020-10-02

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F0.png How Many People Has Donald Trump Already Infected With COVID-19? October 2, 2020, Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

In a turn of events that was pretty much inevitable given his refusal to accept reality, science, or expert health recommendations, Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. Early on Friday, following a Thursday report by Bloomberg News that his close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive after experiencing symptoms on Wednesday, the president announced that he and the first lady had both contracted the virus. While the White House doctor said in a memo that both Trumps are "well at this time," it's not clear to whom or to how many people the president himself might have passed the virus. Given his total disdain for mask wearing, social distancing, or any other measures that could help stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, plus the administration's attempt to keep Hicks's diagnosis a secret, it could be what infectious disease specialists classify as "a shit ton"!

According to the New York Times, Hicks was put into isolation on Air Force One Wednesday night on the way back from a rally in Minnesota and had tested positive by Thursday. At this point a responsible commander in chief would have followed CDC guidelines and isolated after having come in contact with someone with the virus. Trump instead carried on with his normal schedule, potentially infecting at least 100 people. Per the Washington Post:

Trump and his entourage flew Thursday to New Jersey, where he attended a fundraiser at his golf club in Bedminster and delivered a speech. Trump was in close contact with dozens of other people, including campaign supporters, at a roundtable event. The president did not wear a mask Thursday, including at the events at his golf course and on the plane, officials said. He was tested after he returned to the White House, but he also appeared on Sean Hannity's TV show from the residence by telephone.

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