Two staff from the Vice Presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris’s team have confirmed they have tested positive for COVID-19. But, unlike the President of the United States, Donald Trump’s COVID-19 response, when faced with a potential infection, the Biden-Harris campaign is continuing to take this global pandemic seriously.
The news broke overnight via a statement by Biden for President Campaign Manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. According to the statement, on late Wednesday night, the 14th of October—or Thursday morning, the 15th of October here—two people involved with the Biden-Harris campaign tested positive for COVID-19. They are “a non-staff flight crew member” and communications director to Kamala Harris, Liz Allen.
The report goes in to explain that while Harris was not in close proximity to either of the individuals after they tested positive or even 48 hours before they started showing symptoms, the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate will act “out of an abundance of caution” and cancel her current travel plans and in-person campaigning till Monday, the 19th of October. Kamala Harris may not have caught COVID-19 or been near the people that had while they were infectious, but, based on her response, she damn well is taking the chance of it seriously.
Compare this to Donald Trump, a man who not only continued to call the virus a ‘hoax’ and ‘China’s virus,’ for months, but refused to wear a mask until July, simply because he didn’t want to. Then, when he tested positive for the virus earlier this month, he wasn’t even taking it seriously. He boasted to his followers that the virus wasn’t as big of a deal as people were making it out to be, that he felt better than he has in twenty years, and, returned to the White House within days and while still infected—and possibly then infecting others. No matter how you look at it, Trump’s response to COVID-19—both pre and post testing positive for the virus—shows that Donald Trump really doesn’t care about his people or doing the right thing.
America is in a dire situation right now. Per The Washington Post, 20 U.S. states have set records for new COVID-19 infections in recent days. According to the John Hopkins University of Medicine’s Coronavirus Resource Centre, nearly eight million of the world’s 38 million COVID-19 cases come from the United States, with over 217,000 dead.
In a statement titled “My experience with COVID-19,” the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, explained that, instead of taking medication while infected with COVID-19, she “opt[ed] more for vitamins and healthy food.” Instead of encouraging people to wear face masks and practise social distancing, she ended her personal essay preaching that everyone “continue[s] to live the healthiest life they can. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy.” At this point, it seems like everyone within Trump’s inner circle has earplugs in and refuses to listen to the facts: vitamins don’t stop the spread of COVID-19, appropriate PPE gear, social distancing and washing your hands thoroughly do.
Many of Trump’s staff and close friends who tested positive attended the Rose Garden event commemorating the swearing in of the new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Amy Coney Barret. Footage of the event shows the crowd closely seated together and less than half wearing a mask. And, in a bizarre act of bio-self-sabotage, the White House isn’t contract tracing its guests or including the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its testing process.
By contrast, the Biden-Harris campaign “has begun the contact process to notify everyone who came into contact with the individuals during the potential infection window.” As of writing, Kamala Harris’s team have two infected staff. The Trump campaign has had at least 14.
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