As Fauci isolates, Pence going to work despite exposure to aide with COVID-19

Tim Jimenez
May 11, 2020 - 6:56 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As three members of the White House's coronavirus task force self-quarantine after contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, there are conflicting reports about whether or not the group’s leader, Vice President Mike Pence, is doing so.

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that Pence was self-isolating. However, a spokesman said that is not the case. He said the vice president is tested constantly and has not contracted the virus, so he plans on being at the White House on Monday.

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Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive last week, and KYW Medical Editor Dr. Brian McDonough says the best thing for the vice president  to do is to set an example.

“My larger concern is that someone who watches this individual make a decision that's not based on evidence, not following the CDC, says, ‘I’m going to do the same thing.’”

White House senior aide Kevin Hassett admits it's been difficult, and he and other employees are being very cautious.

“The fact is, I practice aggressive social distancing. I'll wear a mask when I feel it's necessary. It is scary to go to work,” he said.

“We’ve all been exposing ourselves to risks under the best guidance we could possibly have to keep us safe, but we're willing to take that chance because we love our country.”

Three members of the coronavirus task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the heads of the FDA and CDC, are staying away for the next few weeks. 

A sign of the times, all three will be testifying in the Senate tomorrow by video.