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Vice President Mike Pence‘s chief of staff, Marc Short, was diagnosed with Covid-19, but Pence remains healthy and “will maintain his schedule in accordance with CDC guidelines.” Four other Pence aides also tested positive and have begun quarantine and contact-tracing.
Pence’s press secretary announced the news on Saturday: “Today, Marc Short — Chief of Staff to the Vice President — tested positive for Covid-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact-tracing process. Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health.”
The statement added: “In consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”
Pence’s senior political adviser, Marty Obst, also tested positive. Obst is not a government employee.
President Trump learned of Marc Short’s infection after returning to the White House last night following two raucous rallies — including one in battleground Pennsylvania, where Trump supporters outnumbered Biden supporters at the Biden “rally.”
Biden came to PA for a drive-in speech and a parade of Trump supporters showed up honking through the whole thing pic.twitter.com/0DhgCe25io
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) October 24, 2020
President Trump said Short will be fine and will soon recover — just like he did in record time.
“I did hear about it just now,” Trump told reporters. “He’s quarantining. He’s going to be fine.”
The infection of five Pence staffers comes a week after two people in Democrat VP candidate Kamala Harris‘ orbit tested positive for COVID-19. Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen, and a flight-crew member of the charter company that flies Joe Biden also tested positive.
The increase in the number of infections is not surprising and was expected. Why? Because the more people you test, the more positive results you’re bound to get back.
Moreover, a spike in infections — that is not accompanied by a surge in hospitalizations or deaths — suggest that what many scientists predicted may be true: That more waves are coming and the virus may be weakening.
In April, two California doctors with expertise in viral infections said it was time to reopen America because the draconian nationwide shutdown is not the best way to fight the coronavirus.
Instead, Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi argued that achieving “herd immunity” appears to be a better strategy to combat Covid without decimating the economy.
Viral herd immunity strategy video changes the game, doctors explain more to Laura Ingraham https://t.co/Tfb3sLKxwe pic.twitter.com/CyhVqaw6sS
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 28, 2020
Dr. Artin Massihi says indefinite shutdowns are an untenable long-term strategy.
Dr. Massihi said lawmakers and the medical community must consider the surges in depression, suicides, alcoholism, and drug abuse caused by the lockdowns before urging Americans to continue down this slippery slope.
“There are folks that are home who don’t have a job because they lost their source of income,” Dr. Massihi said. “There’s an increase in alcoholism. Folks are depressed, suicides are happening. People are struggling. So we felt we had to be an advocate for them and discuss this important issue. We’re advocates for the average American.”
YouTube, Twitter and other Big Tech monopolies reacted by censoring the scientists.
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