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White House plans South Lawn event Saturday after last one became a “super spreader”

President Trump is expected to make his first in-person address Saturday since his COVID-19 diagnosis, speaking from the South Lawn balcony about “law and order” in an event coordinated with Candace Owens’ Blexit group, a senior White House aide said. 

The president is holding the event despite the nomination ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett that Dr. Anthony Fauci described as a “superspreader” event. Multiple top White House officials, including the president, fell ill after the event.

ABC News first reported the Saturday event. The New York Times says hundreds of people are expected to gather on the South Lawn. 

It is unclear whether the president will be negative for COVID-19 by Saturday, but he’s expected to keep his distance from the balcony. The White House said he tested positive on October 1, which would make Saturday 10 days since his diagnosis and the first possible date he could be in public. 

First lady Melania Trump is also recovering from the virus. Mr. Trump is expected to return to the campaign trail on Monday, when he heads to Florida for a Make America Great Again event. 

The president has made misleading claims about the virus since he was hospitalized, including that the treatment he took is a form of a “cure” for coronavirus. There is currently no cure for the virus.

Owens’ Blexit is about helping Black voters exit the Democratic Party and moving them towards the Republican Party. 

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Anthony Fauci calls Rose Garden SCOTUS event a ‘super spreader’

White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the White House hosted a COVID-19 “super spreader” event as a consequence of not using face masks.

Fauci, an infectious disease expert, apparently was referring to the Sept. 26 White House Rose Garden ceremony where Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

“We had a super spreader event in the White House and it was in a situation where people were crowded together, were not wearing masks. So the data speak for themselves,” Fauci told CBS News Radio host Steven Portnoy.

Fauci is the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

White House staff rarely used masks before the recent outbreak because aides close to Trump are regularly tested for COVID-19. Many outside guests at the Barrett celebration also were unmasked and there were reportedly indoor gatherings after the event.

The White House transitioned to a new rapid-results test shortly before the event.

A significant number of attendees of the Rose Garden ceremony later tested positive for COVID-19, including Trump, who is recuperating at the White House after three nights in the hospital.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who did not wear a mask, and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who did wear a mask, both revealed they had the virus, as did a third GOP senator, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who was not at the event.

Former White House aide Kellyanne Conway, Notre Dame University President John Jenkins, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Pastor Greg Laurie of Riverside, Calif., are among the Rose Garden attendees who tested positive.

The chain of transmission remains murky. Trump tested positive after White House aide Hope Hicks, who reportedly didn’t attend the Rose Garden event. Ronna Romney McDaniel,

Fauci says data on masks “speaks for itself” after “super spreader” White House event

Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with CBS News that referring to a cure for COVID-19 may cause “confusion,” and he also weighed in on the health status of President Trump, who contracted the virus but is eager to return to in-person events as the presidential campaign reaches its closing weeks. Fauci also identified the White House ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a “super spreader” event. 

Fauci, director of the National institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked by CBS News’ Steven Portnoy about Mr. Trump’s penchant in recent media appearances for referring to the treatment he received for COVID-19 as a “cure.” Portnoy, CBS News’ White House radio correspondent, observed that until recently, most of the president’s aides have not worn masks, and he asked what people can learn about the efficacy of that strategy in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

“I think the — the data speaks for themselves,” Fauci said of mask-wearing. “We had a super-spreader event in the White House and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks. So the data speak for themselves.”

A number of Trump aides and allies who attended the nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in September have since tested positive for COVID-19. 

And talk of a “cure” is inaccurate, Fauci suggested, since there currently is no cure for COVID-19 — only therapeutics.

“We don’t have any indication — I think you really have to depend on what you mean by a ‘cure,’ because that’s a word that leads to a lot of confusion,” Fauci said. “We have good treatments for people with advanced disease who are in the hospital.” 

Turning to the president’s health, the infectious diseases expert did not think that the fact that

White House isn’t contact tracing its potential super spreader Rose Garden ceremony

Gallery: Trump’s COVID-19 outbreak: Who got infected? (dw.com)



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At least 11 people  have tested positive for coronavirus since attending a Rose Garden ceremony on 26 September to celebrate the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, including the president, but the White House is not contact tracing the event, according to the New York Times

Instead, the White House has confined its tracing efforts to those who came into close contact with the president in the two days before his diagnosis last Thursday. That leaves out the numerous people who attended  the ceremony at the White House, many of whom weren’t wearing masks  or social distancing.  The tracing effort has also been conducted largely by email, rather than with the rigorous phone interviews public health departments usually use.

Donald Trump unveils Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett

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An internal Centres for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) email the New York Times viewed shows a team of agency scientists prepared to go to Washington and assist with tracing after the president’s positive diagnosis, but a call for their help never came.  

Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, said a “robust contact tracing programme” is in place, including full contact tracing for a New Jersey fundraiser Mr Trump held just before he tested positive, and that these efforts continue with the help of “CDC integration”. Two senior CDC scientists told the paper they weren’t aware of the role Mr Deere was describing for the public health watchdog.

All together, 15 members of Mr Trump’s inner circle, including the First Lady, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and senior adviser Hope Hicks, have tested positive.

The president left Walter Reed Medical Centre on Monday and tweeted, “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”

White House ‘super spreader’ event in Rose Garden reminds people that yes, you should still wear a mask outside

Epidemiologists continue to scrutinize a White House event after more than a dozen people, including President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, announced they tested positive for COVID-19.

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Several of them attended a ceremony held outside in the Rose Garden on Sept. 26 where Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, in front of more than 180 people. 

The suspected “super spreader” event highlights the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing, even when outside. But some health officials, including leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, say they don’t always wear a mask outside.



a group of people in a garden: President Donald Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 26.


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President Donald Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 26.

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So, when is it appropriate to take it off?

In an interview with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Fauci said you can take your mask off outdoors if you’re around people you live with and there is no one else in the immediate vicinity.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease director said on his daily 4-mile walk, he typically wears his mask around his neck and puts it on over his mouth when he sees someone coming.

Dr. Lewis Nelson, professor and chair of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, says mask wearing outside depends on one’s ability to social distance. If you’re more than 6 feet away from someone outside, then it’s generally safer to take your mask off.

Outdoors is safer than indoors, but it’s never totally