Vice President Mike Pence Should be Quarantining, Infectious Disease Expert Says
According to a timeline released by the White House chronicling President Donald Trump’s run-in with COVID-19, the president began showing symptoms last Thursday, 24 hours before Trump announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Vice President Mike Pence met with Trump the Oval Office on Thursday and had also attended an event with Trump the previous Tuesday – two days before Trump showed signs of being sick.
This raises the possibility that Trump exposed Pence to the coronavirus on multiple occasions, Rachel Maddow noted on The Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday night.
“In terms of the vice president’s exposure, we’re told by the president’s physicians that the president himself was showing symptoms on Thursday. Vice President Pence says that he was with the president inside the Oval Office two days before that on Tuesday,” Maddow explained.
“If that timeline is correct, and again that’s the White House’s own timeline, should Vice President Pence be quaratining away from all other people, even if he continues to test negative over these next dew days?” Maddow asked Dr. Robert Wachter, chair and professor at the University of California San Francisco Department of Medicine.
“Well, we know that the average person is infectious a day or two before they have symptoms, and so that timeline would make you worry that Vice President Pence was exposed,” Wachter replied. “Therefore, he should be staying away from other people until he has a number of negative tests to be 100 percent on the safe side.”
Pence has not been quarantining.
He and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will meet Wednesday night in Utah for their only debate. Towers of plexiglass will shield both candidates from droplets expelled by breathing and speaking, which the Centers for Disease Control confirmed on Monday enable COVID-19 particles to linger and be transmitted through the air.