Apparently, Trump missed the memo about quarantining for 14 days. Against the CDC’s recommendation, President Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s presidential suite to wave to supporters from his car.
This decision forced at least two Secret Service agents to share the same air with no social distancing. The CDC website explicitly states that if a person is sick with COVID-19, they should stay at home except to get medical care.
The CDC’s language is more forceful in its guidelines for health-care workers.
“In general, transport and movement of a patient with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection outside of their room should be limited to medically essential purposes,” its FAQ page reads.
“God bless our president, I will die for him.”
Trump pulls a surprise drive-by visit with supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center pic.twitter.com/EfUMDRgFVO
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) October 4, 2020
After heavy backlash about the President deliberately ignoring the CDC recommendation, White House spokesman Judd Deere said:
“Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do”
Medical expert Dr. Timothy Brewer said:
“In general, if someone is ill enough [with the coronavirus] that they need to be in the hospital for observation, it’s probably not wise to send them out on [non-essential care] trips. The primary focus for any patient who’s sick enough to be in the hospital from COVID-19 should be recovering.”
The biggest focus to the critics was the fact that the agents were so close to Trump, even tho they all had on PPE.
Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential “drive-by” just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.
— Dr. James P. Phillips, MD (@DrPhillipsMD) October 4, 2020
“That presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,” Phillips wrote. “The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding.”