The Vice Presidential debate is slated to begin Wednesday night with additional COVID-19 security measures, but a doctor wonders if this will be enough if the virus outbreak continues to worsen at the White House.
“More protective layers are so important,” said Dr. Neeta Ogden on Wednesday on CBSN. “It’s not just pence, it’s the team he’s traveling with, it’s the daily exposure.”
The Vice President’s doctor announced that Pence took a PCR coronavirus test Tuesday afternoon, which came back negative. And the White House said Pence and his wife tested negative again on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, where the debate is taking place. However, Ogden points out that the test results only reflect a specific point in time and do not guarantee that infection will not develop later.
“Just because he had an antigen test daily makes intermittent PCR testing meaningless if he continues to interact with other people on his team or anyone else in the world ̵
Sincelast week a at the White House and several members of the press corps have tested positive for the virus. Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller, Press Secretary Three of her deputies and Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien are just a few of those close to the executive that have tested positive. Stephen Miller’s wife Katie Miller, who serves as Pence’s communications director, tested negative on Tuesday. you in May, but she left Salt Lake City out of caution.
“There are a lot more risk factors here than just Pence had negative tests,” Ogden said.
After the Pence team’s initial knockback, additional precautions were taken at the discussion site to address these risk factors, includingand 12 feet of space between on stage.
Ogden described the Trump Pence campaign’s opposition to such measures as “ridiculous”. She said the plexiglass and the distance are just “two pieces” of a puzzle.
“We need to make sure the auditorium is well ventilated. Ideally, this debate should have been beyond the zoom or been outside,” she said. “I think there is definitely still a risk here.”