President Trump does not seem too worried about getting the coronavirus himself. Despite coming into contact with multiple infected people, he isn’t showing any symptoms. Even White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said there’s no real reason for President Trump to take a test or quarantine himself.
“[Trump interaction’s with infected people] would be categorized as LOW risk for transmission per CDC guidelines, and as such, there is no indication for home quarantine at this time,” Dr. Conley added. “Additionally, given the President himself remains without symptoms, testing for COVID-19 is not currently indicated. I will closely monitor and care for the President, and will update you as more information becomes available.”
Personally, I just can’t see the virus taking down Trump, even though he’s 73 years old.
Nevertheless, President Trump has now taken a coronavirus test. Basically, he’s just being overly cautious and placating everyone saying he’s being “selfish” and “irresponsible” by NOT getting tested. As of this writing, he’s still waiting for the test results.
Meanwhile, the White House has started taking the temperature of everyone coming into close contact with President Trump or Vice President Pence. At least one media member has already been turned away with a fever.
I think the temperature-taking is a really good idea. I went to Uganda in 2015, while Ebola was rolling across West Africa (in case you’re not up on African geography, Uganda is in East Africa). As soon as we landed in Kampala, everyone on our flight had their temperatures taken before we were allowed through customs – even though we hadn’t flown in from an infected country. It’s just one more measure – like the current travel restrictions and event cancellations – that might help prevent contact between infected and uninfected people.
However, I’m not sure testing symptom-free people is generally a good idea. There are probably a lot of people who are asymptomatic or simply carriers of the virus. Masses of positive tests could just increase panic and hysteria. Instead, let’s all just use common sense precautions, increased hand washing, and social distancing.
Do you think Trump was right to take a coronavirus test, despite being symptom free?