Coronavirus: The White House is a Hot Spot, Now What?

Over the weekend, 3 members of the White House coronavirus task force announced that they will self-quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, and Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, has already gone into quarantine. Additionally, President Trump’s personal valet, VP Pence’s spokeswoman, and Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant all tested positive for COVID-19.

Why This Matters: As CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd wrote, this news “raises questions about the legitimacy of the White House’s own narrative about its ability to keep Americans safe, while highlighting the potential havoc the coronavirus could wreak on our government and national security.” After rejecting the CDC’s guidance on reopening the country, it’s difficult for the public to trust that the Trump administration has a handle on managing the pandemic, particularly in light of the revelations that the White House itself has become a hot-spot for the Coronavirus. The President has employed a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to this pandemic, the result has created mixed-messages that are undermining efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In order for social distancing measures to effectively neutralize the spread of this virus, we need broad unity from the American people. Unfortunately, public health has become politicized by this administration creating confusion that could ultimately unwind any progress we have made at combatting the coronavirus.

Unintended Consequences: COVID-19 could disrupt weather forecasting due to a decrease in commercial flights being operated.

Sunday Scaries: 60 minutes featured in their coverage that an American scientist who collaborates with the Wuhan Institute of Virology had his grant terminated in the wake of unsubstantiated claims that COVID-19 is either manmade or leaked out of a Chinese government lab.

Deregulation Administration: Trump’s environmental ‘blitzkrieg’ advances under cover of coronavirus.

Economic Outlook: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News Sunday that “the reported [unemployment] numbers are probably going to get worse before they get better.”

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