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WATCH: Doctor On Fox News Argues Against Canceling Large DC Events

WATCH: Doctor On Fox News Argues Against Canceling Large DC Events

Is it time for big events and get-togethers to resume, to consider the worst of COVID-19 behind us, and return to pre-pandemic lifestyles? Every individual is having to make their own personal assessments of risk about family gatherings, returning to work in-person (for those who’ve had the option to do otherwise over the past two years), and even how to grocery shop.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 5: U.S. President Joe Biden gets a pat on the back from former President Barack Obama after Biden signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the Affordable Care Act during an event to mark the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on April 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. With then-Vice President Joe Biden by his side, Obama signed ‘Obamacare’ into law on March 23, 2010. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

However, a personal decision of risk for a given individual — even if it does affect others — is on a different level from the decisions of elected officials. What examples should elected leaders be setting? What risks are appropriate in D.C.?

On Fox News Sunday, Doctor Ashish K. Jha weighed in, opining that with appropriate safeguards, events like the White Hosue Correspondents Dinner don’t need to be canceled, and can be held safely.

By no means is Dr. Jha the only medical professional to feel comfortable with gatherings — quite recently, in fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, who has been one of the most vocal voices for precautions, attended an event in D.C.

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As NBC reports, however, following that event — a Gridiron dinner with hundreds of attendees — at least 72 people who attended tested positive for COVID-19, including Dr. Fauci.

The assurance from a doctor on Fox that it’s safe for events to be held in DC also stands out because of the criticism conservatives have lobbed at Biden and others for gathering while still encouraging precautions.

The White House Correspondents Dinner is scheduled for the end of this month, returning for the first time since COVID-19 hit. According to USA Today, the organization described it as “the first opportunity since 2016 for the press and the president to share a few laughs for a good cause.”

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