𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫-𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐮𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐝?

Disclaimer: This is a bipartisan page. I am simply stating the facts of what we know so far about President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and his close contacts. This highlights the importance of masking and distancing probably more than any other event in the US so far.

𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭: 𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤. 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤. 𝐀𝐧𝐝, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐮𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬.

What do we know so far? 8 high-level people have tested positive, including Trump’s campaign manager, 2 republican senators, the President of Notre Dame (who was at the Rose Garden), Chris Christie, Kellyanne Conway, and Melania Trump. There are also Secret Service agents that are now positive but not included in the Washington Post article below.

Looks like the biggest exposure times included: 1. The Rose Garden for the Barrett Nomination Announcement – This was an outside event and is important to recognize the virus can still be spread outdoors (hence, you need to wear a mask at football games, outdoor soccer games for your kids, etc). At the Rose Garden, there was little distancing and very, very little masks. Several videos show hugging and hand-shaking. 2. Other dinners, meetings, and events during the week. The article at the end of the post summarizes those events.

I could write a lot about the nuances about these events. But, it simply highlights we know how the virus spreads and how to prevent it.

As bi-partisan-ly (is that a real word?) as I can say it – Wear a mask and distance. Even outside and especially indoors. We can still have meetings, events, Rose Garden nominations, etc. They just need to be modified with simple tools of masks and distance.

This is an evolving story and I’m sure more positive cases will come up. I’ll keep you posted.

Final thoughts:

1. It takes 5 days (on average, 0-14 days) to show symptoms after you are exposed. So, we will probably see more cases from these events last week. For example, Amy Coney Barrett, Chris Wallace, and Joe Biden all tested negative. But, they could still be infected. The negative test could be a true negative (not infected) OR a false negative (meaning the viral loads are still to low for the test to pickup). I’m sure they will be re-tested – so, we wait.

2. You are most infectious 2 days prior to showing symptoms and 2 days as you begin to show symptoms (see yesterday’s post).

3. Wear a mask, people. For you, your family, the person at the grocery store you come into contact with, etc.

-Friendly neighbor epidemiologist

Source: I know this source is from the Washington Post which some will say is partisan. That’s probably true – but the contact tracing that is reported in the article is bi-partisan. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/trump-contacts-movements-covid/

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