Americans are locked in a freshly-harrowing battle with an invisible enemy at the moment, and very few of us are truly safe.
COVID-19 has been spreading throughout the United States over the course of the last several months, exacerbated by local authorities’ hopes to reopen their states’ businesses and keep the economy from failing wholesale. But, as predicted, this novel strain of coronavirus is making a rather sizable comeback, with its second wave causing many of our summer plans to crash and burn.
The illness has now even been found in the West Wing.
Announcing the infection on Monday, the White House said in a statement there was no risk of exposure to Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.
The announcement caught some White House staff off guard, as there had not been an internal memo about it, one source said. Because of the regular testing regimen, White House officials do not reliably wear masks while working in the West Wing.
An administration official said O’Brien had not had contact with the president in several days. The National Security Council did not immediately respond to questions about O’Brien, who was working from home.
The White House was quick to respond.
The White House statement said: “He (O’Brien) has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the president or the vice president. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted.”
It is believed that O’Brien’s daughter may have come down with the illness before he himself did.
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