WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- United States President Donald Trump jokingly shuffles away from Dr. Deborah Birx after disclosing her fever and having tested for COVID-19 over the weekend.
- This happened in the middle of a conference together with the president at the White House, as she was being asked about a senator who got tested for the virus though asymptomatic.
- Birx was tested for the virus on Saturday, and fortunately, the result came back negative.
Dr. Deborah Birx is White House’s coordinator for the coronavirus task force. On Monday, during a conference with U.S. Pres. Donald Trump in the briefing room, she disclosed having tested for the novel coronavirus for having a low-grade fever last weekend.
This caused the president to shuffle away from her to the edge of the stage as a joke, saying, “uh-oh” while throwing his hands up.
Dr. Birx was answering a question about Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and the reason for his COVID-19 test even though he was asymptomatic, and not having been in contact with anyone who is positive of the virus.
The coordinator and physician replied, saying how important it is for the American people to take personal responsibility to avoid spreading the coronavirus further. This prompted her to divulge that she herself got tested this weekend.
She said that she had a little low-grade fever last Saturday.
“So, actually, probably a GI thing, but, you know, I’m meticulous. I’m a physician,” Dr. Birx added. “I looked it up… So I got a test late Saturday night, and I’m negative. I stayed home another day just to make sure. That’s how we protect one another.”
Dr. Birx went on to say that unless everybody is taking their temperature every day, we can’t say he had no symptoms.
“These are the kind of things we have to do for one another. This is the personal responsibility that I’m talking about that we all have to practice,” she continued.
Source: The Hill