Trump realized he had COVID-19 on Wednesday morning. That implies that he was actively infectious—in actual fact, at his highest degree of contagion—in the course of the debate on Tuesday night. However neither he nor any member of his marketing campaign reached out to tell Joe Biden, officers in Cleveland, or … anybody.
As a substitute, someday on Wednesday, somebody started the method of acquiring Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody therapy, which continues to be in preliminary human trials and needed to be obtained underneath a “compassionate use” utility. In the meantime, Trump went on to a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday evening—an occasion at which a number of aides indicated Trump gave the impression to be sick, and the place he lower his regular speech size in half. It was whereas the Trump group was in Minnesota that Hope Hicks reported being sick and supposedly self-isolated.
The timeline introduced on Saturday morning signifies Trump obtained his first dose of antibodies on Thursday. That was on the similar time that Hicks acquired her constructive outcomes. At that time, at the least Trump and Hicks have been recognized to be sick, however there was nonetheless no public announcement. As a substitute, Trump apparently acquired therapy, then went on to a New Jersey fundraiser that included sitting at a desk with greater than a dozen GOP donors, all of them with out masks. It was solely after Trump returned from New Jersey, and there was nonetheless no announcement, that Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs made public the truth that Hicks had examined constructive. Trump them went on to make dismissive remarks on Hannity, then pretended to be shocked by check outcomes early on Friday morning.
Nonetheless, there are multiple indicators that Trump knew he had been uncovered no later than Monday, when he distanced himself from Pence throughout a White Home occasion. On Tuesday, Melania Trump conspicuously wore a masks, even via everybody else on Trump’s group went maskless. And now it’s clear that Trump was recognized with COVID-19 no later than Wednesday.
Trump didn’t inform the Biden group of the risk, went on to a rally the place hundreds have been current, and attended a fundraiser whereas figuring out he was carrying a lethal illness. There appears little purpose to doubt that this life-threatening coverup would have continued, have been it not for Hicks’ analysis changing into public, adopted by the fast succession of constructive outcomes from others who’ve interacted with Trump over the past week.
That is reckless disregard for the risk to well being and life that the illness represents.