Here’s a scary thought: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are both the more susceptible COVID-19 infection, which is deemed as those that are over 60 by the CDC.
Because both the president and vice president have worked very closely in the last few weeks with regard to the coronavirus response, if one caught it from a staff member, the other could very well catch it too.
And if something were to happen to both of them… well, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes our president.
I only bring this up because several congressional staffers, a couple representatives, and an individual on Pence’s staff contracted the novel coronavirus.
I implore that everyone in the administration involved with this effort to combat COVID-19 go out of their way to keep the president and vice president safe during this pandemic, which will more-than-likely get worse before it gets better.
Policy-wise, the dynamic duo in Trump/Pence are doing all the right things and working with all the right people. With regard to social-distancing, I believe more aggressive actions can be taken by everyone in the White House.
There is too much at stake to not be bold in social distancing while there is still no vaccine for the virus.
Currently there are over 300,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with nearly 30,000 of those being in the United States. While the mortality rate is just above one percent in America, other countries — like Italy and Iran — aren’t faring as well, with mortality rates above seven percent.
Thankfully, the Trump administration is looking to fast-track hydroxychloroquine and azathioprine, which has shown to be both an effective treatment of coronaviruses as well as a preventative. Additionally, by the end of the month, the White House estimates that 27 million test kits will be available to Americans.