Dr. Anthony Folch, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said recently that the White House’s “super-spreader” incident had inadvertently proved the role of masks,media BGR reported. Mr. Trump’s COVID-19 infection was linked to the nomination ceremony of Judge Amy Kony Barrett, which is likely to be what Mr. Fucci refers to as a super-spreader event.
U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed earlier this month that he and the first lady had tested positive for the new coronavirus after saying one of his top aides had also tested positive. In the days that followed, more people announced their positive results, including Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as current and former White House staffers including Hope Hicks, Kelly McNerney, Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway. According to the latest statistics, the total number of people infected in the White House outbreak is 34.
Speaking about the effectiveness of masks in preventing COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Folch called the White House outbreak a “super-transmitter event.”
“I think — the numbers speak for themselves,” Fucci told CBS News. “We had a super-transmitter incident in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were huddled together and we weren’t wearing masks, ” he said. So the data tells the question. “
Folch was referring to the nomination ceremony for Justice Amy Kony Barrett on September 26, a few days before the first presidential debate. According to an internal administration memo received by ABC News earlier this week, the new White House outbreak has infected “34 White House staff and other contacts” in recent days.
Fage suggested that the same precautions should be taken at the first opportunity. These include frequent hand washing, socializing distance, wearing masks and avoiding overcmpted places, especially bars and restaurants.
Folch also referred to the COVID-19 treatment Trump has received so far, as well as Trump’s claims of a coronavirus cure. Folch corrected Trump’s claims and said there is no cure for COVID-19, only a cure.
“We don’t have any signs — I think you really have to depend on what you mean by ‘cure’, because that’s a word that causes a lot of confusion,” Fucci said. “We have good treatments for patients with terminal illnesses who are hospitalized.”
Mr. Fucci did say there was no need to panic about Mr. Trump’s health, and he spoke about Mr. Trump’s cough in an interview with Fox News on Thursday.
“Most people, when they recover, they recover well. In a linear way, they’re going to get better and better, and it looks like the president is doing that,” Fucci said. “But when a person recovers, a little lingering cough is not unusual at all. So I wasn’t intimidated by the clip you just told me, because when people do recover, they may cough for a while and may even have a little shortness of breath. Sometimes it takes a while for everything to return to normal. “
People who cough may still be getting rid of the virus or may no longer be contagious, Folch said. Experts say White House doctors won’t let Mr. Trump leave the White House until he is tested.
The following video provides a brief look back at the White House’s “super-disseminator” incident.