UPDATE: Vice President Mike Pence now self-isolating from COVID-19; Spokesman says Pence will be at White House on Monday
UPDATE 7:11 PM EDT: A spokesman for Vice President says he will be at the White House on Monday. Pence’s office says he is NOT in quarantine.
On Sunday evening, Bloomberg News reported that after Mike Pence’s pres secretary, Katie Miller, testing positive for COVID-19, the Vice President is was self-isolating. According to Jennifer Jacobs at Bloomberg News, Pence tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday.
After the initial report, senior White House officials are saying that the Vice President “continues to test negative” and that there are “no restrictions” on his activities. However, Pence has decided to be cautious and will be stay away from others and keep a low profile over the next several days. This behavior is a direct result of knowledge of COVID-19 showing signs – on average of five days – in infected individuals between three and 14 days.
Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive for coronavirus
The ramifications of Pence’s press secretary testing positive for COVID-19 have been widespread through the Trump administration including the head of the FDA, CDC, and NIH after their contact with Katie Miller. Add the vice president to that list now, which includes Stephen Hahn (FDA), Robert Redfield (CDC), and Dr. Anthony Fauci (NIH).
Miller has attended nearly all of the White House coronavirus task force meetings. Of note, there are reports that aides did not wear any masks during those meetings.
The CDC has guidelines when it comes to self-isolating for COVID-19. They include monitoring your health, staying at home, and isolating yourself from others including created a “sick room” in your home.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
Vice President Mike Pence is 60 years old and seemingly in good health. If Pence is infected with COVID-19, there’s a good chance he’ll be asymptomatic. If not, his odds of recovering would be high, especially with his availability of the world’s best medical professionals.