President Donald Trump tested negative for the Chinese coronavirus on Thursday. The President was receiving a test for the virus for the second time since mid-March.
Trump took a new form of coronavirus test that offers “a new, rapid point-of-care test capability,” and the results came back negative. White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said that the President is healthy and is not demonstrating any symptoms of the disease.
Trump stated that he took the new coronavirus ‘instant’ test “really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked, how fast it worked.” The President mentioned the test during his daily coronavirus press briefing at the White House.
“I just took it this morning. And I took it, it took me literally a minute to take it and it took me — I guess it was 14 or 15 minutes (for results). I went to work, I didn’t wait for it, but it said it took 14 minutes or something with a conclusion and it said the President tested negative for Covid-19.”
President Trump tested for the virus a first time in March after coming into contact with Brazilian government officials since confirmed to have the disease during an event at his Florida Mar-A-Lago resort.
Vice President Mike Pence also tested negative for the virus within the last two weeks after a staff member of his team entered isolation after testing positive. It appears a relatively advanced spread of the disease in the Washington D.C. area may have led to additional precautions in ensuring vital federal personnel are healthy and ready to oversee the federal government’s response to the national epidemic.
MSNBC Medical Contributor: “We Should Make Masks Mandatory in Public”
He wants to force the public to wear masks.
A MSNBC medical contributor called for the wearing of face masks to be made mandatory in the United States, claiming that anything otherwise would represent a threat to public safety.
Dr. Vin Gupta made the dramatic, authoritarian appeal on a Monday morning segment on the network. Watch here:
MSNBC’s Dr. Vin Gupta: “We should make masks mandatory in public. Just like we ban indoor smoking, because you know what? You shouldn’t have to breathe somebody else’s secondhand smoke. I shouldn’t have to breathe exhaled Covid-19 in somebody’s breath.” pic.twitter.com/9N61Pjf2uw
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 25, 2020
“We should institute mandatory masks in public when you can’t guarantee social distancing. That means retail stores, that means public transportation, that means workplaces… That’s absolutely where we should be headed. Makes no sense why we’re not already there, people are flouting the rules…”
Gupta’s appeal to authoritarianism is almost certainly a doomed project. While many businesses and institutions have enacted rules requiring the use of a face mask to enter their property, it’s all but impossible to imagine a system where law enforcement mandates the wearing of face masks by the general public.
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine already rescinded an executive order mandating the wearing of facemasks inside businesses, stating the onerous requirement was a “bridge too far.”
A more efficient public health strategy would be to strongly encourage people to maintain social distancing practices, and wear face masks if they feel so inclined. Many Americans simply aren’t going to accept a paradigm in which we treat our neighbors as latent biothreats on an infinite, rolling basis.
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