Don’t travel for Turkey Day, says CDC; Zoom to lift 40-min limitPosted by Robert Leonard / November 20, 2020
The second surge of the coronavirus could not have come at a worse time. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, Americans are far more likely to travel and, as a result, spread the virus. The CDC has actually recommended that families cancel Thanksgiving travel this year. To make that a bit easier, Zoom has lifted its 40-minute free use limit on the holiday.
Donald Trump––who is still President of the United States and has been since COVID began, in case anyone forgets––has not attended a COVID briefing in five months. He has been, instead, focused entirely on the election. Meanwhile, the United States is facing day after day of record breaking COIVD cases.
In case that doesn’t make it abundantly clear that Trump doesn’t care about COVID and who gets it––and who might die because of it––a whopping 130 Secret Service agents are either COVID positive or quarantining after Trump refused to quarantine (and took a victory lap from the hospital where he was recovering from COVID).
Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, has also recently tested positive for COVID. His aides are frustrated because he did not issue a statement and only advised a close circle. That put Trump’s entire staff at risk.
The White House’s COVID outbreak spread to the Vice President’s office. His chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the virus. Despite Pence’s exposure, he will still travel. Stephen Miller, one of the president’s senior advisors, also got COVID.
Trump’s brush with COVID was not as minor as he made it sound. A source told the Associated Press that President Trump was given supplemental oxygen before going to the hospital. At the hospital, he was taken off oxygen, but he was also given his first dose of Remdesivir, an experimental antiviral treatment.
Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Convention, has also tested positive for COVID. And, according to Christ Christie, no one on Trump’s debate prep team was wearing a mask, meaning it is likely that all of Trump’s aides have been exposed to COVID.
Some staffers report that Trump was showing signs of COVID on Wednesday, leading to some fears that Joe Biden might have been exposed during Tuesday’s debate. Fortunately, Biden has tested negative so far.