Three members of the White House coronavirus task force have placed themselves in self-quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Dr.Anthony Fauci, went into quarantine after they came into contact with a White House staffer who tested positive for the infectious disease.
Fauci, a leading member of the task force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has risen to prominence for his straightforward explanations of the respiratory illness. Dr. Anthony Fauci jokingly said that if any actor were going to portray him on “Saturday Night Live,” he’d want Brad Pitt. In a surprise appearance, Pitt played Fauci at the opening of Saturday’s “SNL,” which was produced remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Robert Redfield and Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Stephen Hahn will also be placing themselves in quarantine after exposure to the coronavirus.
Watch: Dr. Fauci about White House members and their self quarantine
Officials have not revealed the identity of the COVID-19 positive individual in contact with the task force. Fauci’s institute said that he has tested negative for COVID-19 and will continue to check regularly.
It added that he considered at relatively low risk based on the degree of his exposure and that he would be taking appropriate precautions to mitigate the risk to personal contacts while still carrying out his duties.
While he will stay at home and telework, Fauci will go to the White House if called and take every precaution, the institute said.
White House reveals Redfield will teleworking
Redfield will be teleworking for the next two weeks after it determines he had a low-risk exposure to a person at the White House, the CDC said in a statement Saturday evening. The report said he felt fine and has no symptoms.
The Food and Drug Administration confirmed that Hahn had come in contact with someone who had tested positive and was in self-quarantine for the next two weeks. He tested negative for the virus.
All three men were scheduled to testify before a Senate committee on Tuesday, and it’s understood they will be allowed to do that via video conference.