- A photo posted on social media shows that Mr. Wajngarten, at one point, stood directly behind the president.
- A collective of medical practitioners is alarmed by the bold statement provided by the White House aimed at mollifying coronavirus fears.
- Other lawmakers, however, have self-quarantined after exposure to infected persons.
U.S. President Donald Trump will not be tested for coronavirus. This is according to a statement issued by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. The news comes after Fabio Wajngarten, a communication aide for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for the pathogen just days after a meeting with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence last week.
A photo posted on social media shows that Mr. Wajngarten, at one point, stood directly behind the president. Trump is reported to have hosted a dinner attended by the Brazilian president and his aide. Mr. Wajngarten is said to have attended Kimberly Guilfoyle’s birthday party. She is an advisor in Trump’s-election campaign.
The White House has played down fears of the U.S. president being infected, and asserted that his level of exposure doesn’t warrant being quarantined. This is because he’s had little interaction with persons suspected of having the virus. According to press secretary Grisham, only people who’ve had prolonged exposure to should self-quarantine. “Both the president and vice president had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”
She affirmed that the president is in excellent health and is closely monitored by his physician. A collective of medical practitioners is alarmed by the bold statement provided by the White House aimed at mollifying coronavirus fears. Universal procedures laid out by the World Health Organization dictate that anyone exposed to the virus be tested. Many health institutions advise at least two weeks of isolation following possible exposure.
While Pence and Trump have refrained from quarantine measures, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) has declared that he is self-quarantining. A group of lawmakers, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), have also announced that they will follow the same procedure. This is after coming into contact with an infected individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference held last week. Addressing the concerns, and speaking about the meeting with Bolsonaro, Trump said on Thursday that there was little cause for alarm underlining, “we did nothing very unusual, we sat next to each other for a period of time.”
The U.S. president recently issued a blanket travel ban covering 26 European Union nations. The United Kingdom and Ireland have, however, been exempted from the ban, even though the former has over 790 infection cases. The move came as a surprise to many E.U. leaders, and was deemed to be too drastic. There was little forewarning that the state would take this step. Trump has defended his decision and asserted that it was an emergency situation that required little preparation.
The United States has over 1,500 confirmed infection cases so far and 41 deaths. Schools have been shut down temporarily to help contain the situation as health officials grapple with the unfolding development. The whirlwind situation caused by Covid-19 has led to historic stock market losses. On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 10 percent while the S&P 500 fell by about 9 percent. The performance was the worst since 1987.