Dr. Fauci Says He Avoids The White House Because It’s Infectious
The White House is a dangerous place to be, for those who’d prefer to avoid a COVID-19 infection. This view has now been expressed not only by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but Dr. Anthony Fauci as well.
Since Trump’s infection with COVID-19, he hasn’t shown any signs of being more careful about spreading the disease. Instead, he’s boasted that he’s immune. However, even if he’s right, his immunity doesn’t protect anyone else in his vicinity from passing the virus around, becoming seriously ill, having long-term complications, or dying. Accordingly, a sense of self-preservation has led some, like Mitch McConnell, to practice more caution. McConnell said earlier this month that he avoids visiting the White House, because they don’t maintain the level of precautions he would require.
Now Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been very reticent when it comes to criticizing the Trump Administration’s failed coronavirus response, is openly saying the same thing. According to the Wasington Post, he is warning that the upcoming months are lined up to involve “a whole lot of hurt” as people gather inside through cold weather and holidays. What’s more, he says that he’s not visiting the West Wing much anymore himself. Instead, he attends meetings by phone, because of “all the infections there.”
It’s not clear exactly how many people in the White House are currently infected at any given time. Before Donald Trump caught the virus, it was reported that anyone entering his immediate circle was being tested, but there have been questions since then about whether others in the White House — such as Mike Pence, when he canceled a trip without explanation — could be ill and keeping it to themselves.