Though Dr. Michael Ryan of the World Health Organization (WHO) declined during a recent special session to directly agree with the assessment that Donald J. Trump's reported COVID-19 diagnosis was "inevitable" given his general disregard for pandemic-appropriate behavior, one would be hard-pressed to approach anything nearing shock regarding the failed steak salesman's current situation.
Instead, Ryan made a point to remind those listening that the oft-repeated health precautions—i.e. wearing a mask, washing hands, and social distancing—remain the best ways of maneuvering through life in the coronavirus era. During the same special session, the organization announced that its "current best estimates" show that 10 percent of people around the world—i.e. as many as 760 million people—could have been infected with the virus.
That number is dramatically higher than the number of confirmed cases, which have been stated from the very beginning of all this as not being capable of painting the full picture. Put another way, this sh*t is dire and has been dire for quite some time now.
More info on 2 White House residence staff members who tested positive - they worked for the housekeeping department on the third floor, and didn't come in direct contact w the first family. When their tests came back positive, they were told to use "discretion" in discussing it.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 5, 2020
And given Trump's recent behavior, most notably the wildly tone-deaf publicity stunt he pulled over the weekend via motorcade, the failed steak salesman still isn't interested in treated the ongoing pandemic with any sizable amount of seriousness.
As expected, the days since Trump's announcement of a diagnosis have included a number of additional reports of positive tests among those close to him. Below is a running list of key names, including the previously announced Hope Hicks. Those listed as having announced negative tests for the virus, of course, could also later report positives because, um, that's how a pandemic works.
Melania Trump, First Lady
Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to Trump
Hope Hicks, political advisor to Trump
Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
Nicholas Luna, Trump’s assistant
Bill Stepien, campaign manager
Mike Lee, Republican Senator
Ron Johnson, Republican Senator
Thom Tillis, Republican Senator
Chris Christie, former NJ governor
Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairperson
Mike Pence, VP
Ivanka Trump, senior advisor
Jared Kushner, senior advisor
Donald Trump Jr., person
Eric Trump, person
Barron Trump, son
Lara Trump, former TV producer
William Barr, Attorney General
Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury
Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense
Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation
Alex Azar, Secretary of Health & Human Services
Pat Cipollone, counsel
Amy Coney Barret, Supreme Court nominee
Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Larry Kudlow, economic advisor
Chad Wolf, Secretary of Homeland Security
Mark Milley, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
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