by Brandon Butler
Trump tests positive for COVID-19 10/1/2020

President Trump has confirmed via Twitter that he and the First Lady have both tested positive for COVID-19 and are in quarantine.

The New York Times:

Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s most senior advisers, was revealed to have tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday night.

Ms. Hicks is the closest person to the president known to have contracted the virus. She traveled with Mr. Trump to the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday and accompanied him aboard Air Force One to Minnesota for a campaign rally on Wednesday night.

Late Thursday night, Mr. Trump tweeted that he and the first lady, who have both received new tests for the coronavirus, would begin their “quarantine process” as they await their results.

The results have been confirmed as positive. The President is showing mild symptoms as of Friday morning, according to the White House. VP Mike Pence has tested negative, Joe Biden has tested negative, as reported by Washington Post and Guardian. Late Friday it was reported Kellyanne Conway and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also tested positive for the virus. Additionally on Friday Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) both confirmed positive test results, potentially jeopardizing the confirmation vote for Judge Barrett.

CNN reports Trump is being taken to Walter Reed medical center Friday evening as a precaution; symptoms include a fever and fatigue, and will be evaluated by a team of experts.

The Times is also reporting that the president of the University of Notre Dame has tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week after a visit to the White House in which he did not wear a mask or follow social distancing guidelines. The White House sounds like a Petri dish of COVID. A big, angry, racist Petri dish…

Beth Mole for Ars Technica has details on the infection, outlook, and potential further spread within the White House:

Trump and Hicks were also likely highly infectious during the presidential debate Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio. Trump family members and staff did not wear masks at the debate, which was hosted in part by Cleveland Clinic and required masking. According to CNN, a Cleveland Clinic doctor approached Trump’s entourage and asked them to put on masks, which the doctor offered to them, but the group declined.

Biden and his family and staff were reportedly wearing masks at the debate, and the campaign official said that the two groups were “never near” each other. The most significant risk of transmission is close, prolonged contact, generally defined as being within six feet for 15 or more minutes. However, researchers suspect that transmission can occur at longer distances when people are in crowded indoor environments with poor ventilation. […]

More from The New York Times, Axios, Washington Post, The Wallstreet Journal, Buzzfeed News, Vox, The Verge, Variety, CNN, The Guardian, Fox News.

Pizza Emoji sends its Thoughts and Prayers to the President and First Lady, and our sincere wishes for a speedy recovery for everyone else stricken ill by the virus. Please, do as Chris Wallace says and “wear the damn mask.”