Fauci in ‘modified quarantine’ after contact with infected WH staffer as CDC & FDA bosses also ‘quarantine’ – The Sun

DR Anthony Fauci has reportedly gone into "modified quarantine" on Saturday after coming into contact with an infected White House staffer.

The disease expert confirmed that he had been around the person who was diagnosed with the killer bug and was isolating as a result of his West Wing exposure.

But Fauci said he was still at a "low risk" of contracting COVID-19 because he wasn't in close proximity to the coronavirus patient when they were contagious, reports CNN.

This "modified quarantine" involves staying home, teleworking, and constantly wearing a mask for the next 14 days.

The news comes as two members of Fauci's fellow task force members are quarantining amid coronavirus fears on Capitol Hill.

Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the FDA has also been forced to go into full-blown quarantine as a result of his  “low risk exposure" to this person, who hasn't been identified.

A few hours earlier, it emerged that CDC director Robert Redfield will also self-quarantine for a fortnight because he too was around the infected worker.

Both men were scheduled to testify before a Senate committee on Tuesday, along with Fauci.

Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the panel, said Hahn and Redfield will be allowed to testify by videoconference — a one-off exception to the administration’s policies.

Miller – who is married to top Trump aide Stephen Miller – was in contact with Pence but not with the president and had tested negative a day earlier.

The CDC and FDA haven't revealed the person who had tested positive and with whom the agency leaders had come in contact.

Like Fauci, the CDC said if Redfield must go to the White House to fulfill any responsibilities as part of the coronavirus task force, he will follow CDC practices for critical infrastructure workers.

Those guidelines call for Redfield and anyone working on the task force to have their temperature taken and screened for symptoms each day, wear a face covering, and distance themselves from others.

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