Oct. 7, 2020 — Vice President Mike Pence must be self-quarantining moderately than attending tonight’s debate in Salt Lake Metropolis with Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, Rochelle Walensky, MD, mentioned throughout a press briefing held Wednesday by the Infectious Illnesses Society of America (IDSA).

Based mostly on media reporting and TV photos from final weekend’s White Home occasion within the Rose Backyard, Walensky mentioned it seems Pence was sitting for longer than quarter-hour inside 6 ft of people that subsequently examined optimistic for COVID-19. Consequently, she mentioned, he meets the CDC definition for being uncovered to the virus.

“Based mostly on that, I feel he ought to comply with the CDC steerage to quarantine,” she mentioned. “To quarantine means he’d be at dwelling and never out or about for 14 days after that occasion, which takes him past the vice presidential occasion tonight.”

Walensky, who’s chief of the infectious ailments division at Massachusetts Basic Hospital, added that by attending the talk, Pence is inserting various different folks in danger.

“For Vice President Pence to get to the talk tonight, there are various folks he must be in touch with. Individuals who will drive his automotive, who will fly his aircraft, who work in resorts — all these folks can be uncovered, not simply Senator Harris. That’s why I discover it crucial that he comply with CDC steerage, ” she mentioned.

In a memo released Tuesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield mentioned that after session with White Home physician Jesse Schonau, MD, the company determined that “the vice chairman just isn’t an in depth contact of any identified particular person with COVID-19, together with the president.” Due to this fact, the memo mentioned, Pence, who examined adverse Tuesday for COVID-19, can safely take part in tonight’s debate.

The memo outlined shut contact as being “inside 6 ft of an contaminated particular person for a minimum of quarter-hour ranging from 2 days earlier than sickness onset.”

The largely maskless gathering within the Rose Backyard to introduce Supreme Courtroom nominee Amy Coney Barrett to about 150 attendees is suspected of being accountable for a COVID-19 outbreak, in keeping with the Washington Post.

Finally depend, at least 14 or 15 people related to the White Home have become infected, Walensky mentioned. All of those folks must be in isolation for a minimum of 10 days, she famous, and anyone who got here in touch with them must be quarantined for 14 days.