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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
Democratic nominee Joe Biden has tested negative for the coronavirus, hours after President Donald Trump had revealed he tested positive.
“Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden underwent PCR testing for COVID-19 today and COVID-19 was not detected. I am reporting this out in my capacity as both Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden’s primary care physician,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a statement as reported by ABC News.
CNBC reports that The Biden campaign said the former vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, were both tested Friday morning out of an abundance of caution.
Biden was in the same room as Trump was for nearly two hours on stage during the presidential debate Tuesday in Cleveland.
President Trump and Biden’s podiums were placed approximately 8 ft. apart, and they didn’t get close to one another. Neither man wore a mask on stage, nor did debate moderator Chris Wallace.
The Centers for Disease Control’s current guidance for social distancing is 6 ft.
How Could This Have Happened?
Although many precautions are taken to protect the President and First Lady from contracting the illness, it’s widely known that Trump doesn’t prefer to wear a mask.
Trump has openly mocked Joe Biden’s wearing of masks, recently saying that “He feels good about the mask, and that’s OK. Whatever makes you feel good,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh.
“Honestly, why the hell did he spend all that money on the plastic surgery if he’s going to cover it up with a mask?”
Trump has also mentioned that he personally doesn’t need one because he and those around him are tested regularly, though the tests are not 100% accurate, according to Fortune.
The CDC says that “limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).” Social distancing plays a major role in the prevention of the illness.
What Happens Now?
AP News reports that ‘Trump, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans, said he and Mrs. Trump were quarantining.
The White House physician said the president is expected to continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” while recovering.’
Trump tweeted just before 1 a.m., “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,”
“We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris who also tested negative for COVID-19, will continue on with their normal campaign schedules.