Social distancing and masking up are musts, even for presidents

With US approaching 210,000 COVID-19 deaths, we learned the president and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19. I wish them well in their recovery. Their testing positive follows a day after Hope Hicks, a key White House staff member who traveled with the president tested positive.

Today, more announcements of public figures testing positive occurred. Republican Senators Mike Lee from Utah, Thom Tillis from North Carolina and Ron Johnson from Wisconsin all tested positive. Also testing positive are former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former White House staff member Kellyanne Conway, Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, campaign manager Bill Stepien, the president of the University of Notre Dame, and three White House reporters.

In terms of tracing, I heard the tail end of a report that some of these folks may have all been together at the announcement of SCOTUS candidate Amy Coney Barrett. The NPR report noted there was a White House lawn ceremony followed by an event indoors, neither of which followed all of the protocols needed.

This may or may not be the link, but it reminds us that we must be careful. We must avoid large gatherings, especially indoor ones, and follow social distancing and mask wearing protocols. Also, hand washing is essential.

While I am saddened that public people or any one, for that matter, gets COVID-19, what is happening to the president and people who have been near him is not a surprise. Flouting all of the requirements and choosing to not only not wear mask, but being flippant with those who do, is not conducive to cautious behavior.

To be frank, pandemics are not to be trifled with. While those who have to work in jobs that cannot be done from home are most at risk, pandemics truly know no zip code or income status. And, those who are the most fragile have the greater risk, if tested positive.

Let’s wish everyone, including the president and first lady well, but let’s also be smart and following social distancing and mask wearing protocols. Maybe, those who have not, will start to take notice. If we do not have universal compliance, the risk remains, especially as the colder weather force us more indoors.

11 thoughts on “Social distancing and masking up are musts, even for presidents

  1. The arrogance is breath taking. Do these people think because we walk upright, have thumbs and invented mechanised transport that we are immune to the entire complexity of Life and The Environment?
    Nature has come knocking at the door and being in denial will not stop that tap-tap-tap.

    • Roger, true. The misleading started early and even continues after his testing positive. Spokespeople have been without masks, with some reporters telling them to don them. What further troubles me is staff being ridiculed by the president for wearing masks as it is a sign of weakness. People in leadership positions must emulate the actions needed. I do wish all well, but this occurrence is not a surprise. I read his personal assistant has tested positive now. Keith

      • Some time ago Keith I stopped reading anything which headlines with a comment by that freak of the American voting system…
        I suggest it as a method of the suppression of ‘ill-humours’, for we all know it will be stupid, insensitive, divisive and in short damaging to the USA.

      • Roger, you are being judicious with your time. It is a key reason I do not watch him or listen, preferring to only read his blatherings. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: Courtesy of Microsoft News, here is a tally of the fourteen folks who tested positive related to the Amy Coney Barrett White House announcement or who came in contact with someone there:

    President Donald Trump
    First lady Melania Trump
    Hope Hicks, senior adviser to the president
    Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager
    Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
    Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina
    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin
    Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor who helped Trump with debate prep
    Nicholas Luna, assistant and “body man” to the president
    Three White House reporters
    One White House staffer
    Kellyanne Conway, former White House senior adviser
    The Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University (Jenkins was at the White House Saturday, when Trump introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee. Barrett was a law professor at Notre Dame for 15 years before Trump nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.)

  3. Note to Readers: Per Politico this morning: “White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday she tested positive for Covid-19, the latest in a string of staffers to contract the disease that has hobbled the Trump operation less than a month before Election Day.”

  4. Note to Readers: Per a CNN report: “Two-thirds of Americans say President Donald Trump handled the risk of coronavirus infection to others around him irresponsibly, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS in the days following the announcement that the President had contracted the virus that has disrupted everyday life for millions of people for more than half a year.”

    The report went on to say, 69% do not trust the information from the White House on this episode. And, his handling of COVID-19 is viewed negatively by 60% of Americans.

  5. Note to Readers: Per Microsoft News today:

    “Six months ago, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was one of many Republicans downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis. As the Houston Chronicle reported yesterday, the GOP senator — who happens to be facing a tough re-election fight this year — has recently adopted a very different posture.

    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Monday that President Donald Trump “let his guard down” on the coronavirus and that the president’s rhetoric has created “confusion” as the country has struggled to get the pandemic under control. “I think he let his guard down, and I think in his desire to try to demonstrate that we are somehow coming out of this and that the danger is not still with us — I think he got out over his skis and frankly, I think it’s a lesson to all of us that we need to exercise self discipline,” Cornyn told the Houston Chronicle editorial board.”

  6. Note to Readers: An article from the Cincinnati Enquirer has the following headline today. “Mitch McConnell says he hasn’t visited White House since August because of lax COVID rules.”

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