Coronavirus Reaches The White House
President Trump’s positive coronavirus test throws the country into another cycle of uncertainty. We talk about how to understand this moment, and what to expect next.
Dr. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology, immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Associate medical director in clinical microbiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. (@michaelmina_lab)
Olivia Troye, former homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser for Vice President Mike Pence. She left her post in August. (@OliviaTroye)
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Reuters: “Biden leads by 10 points as majority of Americans say Trump could have avoided coronavirus: Reuters/Ipsos poll” — “Democrat Joe Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the U.S. presidential race after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and a majority of Americans think Trump could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.”
New York Times: “Inside the White House Event Now Under Covid-19 Scrutiny” — “At least seven people who attended a White House event on Sept. 26 have since tested positive for the coronavirus.”
Associated Press: “Analysis: Trump faces credibility crisis over health scare” — “One month from Election Day, President Donald Trump is facing a credibility crisis as yawning as his health crisis, at a moment when he needs the public’s trust the most.”
Bloomberg: “What Happens If Trump Is ‘Unable’ to Govern” — “Now that President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, the Department of Justice is almost certainly focusing on the 25th Amendment, which provides for the transfer of presidential authority to the vice president.”
New York Times: “Trump’s Positive Coronavirus Test Upends Campaign in Final Stretch” — “President Trump’s announcement early Friday that he had contracted the coronavirus upended the presidential race in an instant, inviting significant questions about his cavalier attitude toward the pandemic and the future of his campaign just 32 days before the election.”
NPR: “Doctors: Trump Being Treated With Steroid But Could Be Discharged As Early As Monday” — “President Trump has experienced two drops in his oxygen levels over the course of his COVID-19 diagnosis, and is now also being treated with a steroid, but could be discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as early as Monday, physicians told reporters during a briefing Sunday morning.”
New Yorker: “What Trump’s Positive Coronavirus Test Means for the Presidential Campaign” — “In 1981, after Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr., the Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, gave an infamous press conference at the White House in which, to a roomful of clamoring reporters and a television audience of millions, he shakily, and erroneously, declared himself the acting President. ‘I am in control here,’ Haig said.”
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