Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and leader of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, will begin a “modified quarantine” after being near a White House staffer who tested positive for COVID-19, according to CNN.
Fauci, 79, who many say is a comforting voice of reason during these uncertain times, has assured CNN’s Jake Tapper that he only had “low risk” contact, which means he was not in direct contact with the infected staffer.
Fauci is taking his own precautionary advice and entering what he refers to as “modified quarantine.” Fauci will work from home and continue to work and do interviews via video conference calls for the next 14 days. He will also wear a mask while outside his home and be able to go to the National Institutes of Health if he’s the only one in the office.
Like most White House staffers who are regularly near President Donald Trump, Fauci will be tested for coronavirus every day from here on out. Yesterday, Fauci noted that he tested negative. If required to go to the White House, Fauci said he will take every appropriate precaution.
It was not revealed which White House staffer who has tested positive for COVID-19 was near Fauci. In the past week, Trump’s personal valet driver, Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant, and Mike Pence’s secretary, Katie Waldman, have all tested positive for coronavirus.
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During the White House press briefing on March 20, Trump answered a reporter’s question by saying, “You know what I’d like to do? I’d like him to go back to the State Department, or as they call it, the Deep State department if you don’t mind, I’d like him to go back and do his job.” On Twitter, users online were quick to point out that Fauci had a visible reaction to the president’s comment. Standing directly behind the president, Fauci had a literal face-to-palm moment.
New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik joked, “When the [moment] is enough to make even Dr. Fauci touch his face.”
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While Trump’s daily Coronavirus Task Force briefings at the White House have scaled back ever since he suggested that injecting sunlight and disinfectant inside people’s bodies could possibly cure COVID-19, viewers still look for Fauci during the pressers.
Trump replied, “Every time you ask that question, you say ‘Is there a problem.’ There’s no problem whatsoever. Sometimes I ask him to come because that’s the first question you and a couple of others from the fake news establishment ask. We’re doing great together.”