Public health experts said there’s no reason for Joe Biden

Updated on September 8, 2023 in Politics
0 on September 8, 2023

He’s vaccinated. He’s negative. And he’s traveling.

Just days after he was exposed to COVID, President Joe Biden arrived in New Delhi, India, on Friday for the Group of 20 summit, where he is scheduled to hold two days of meetings with leaders of some of the world’s leading economies.

Dancers and loud Indian pop music greeted Biden as he stepped off Air Force One and walked down a red carpet. Later, Biden held a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Biden’s trip follows the disclosure that first lady Jill Biden is isolating at the family’s home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, after testing positive for COVID on Monday. The president, who was last with her on the day of her positive test, has tested four times since then. All four tests were negative, and he has no symptoms, the White House said.

Is it safe for Joe Biden travel to G-20 summit in India after COVID exposure?

Given all those factors, the White House decided to go ahead with the trip to Asia, which had been planned for months and includes a stop in Vietnam on Sunday.

But should he have gone? Is it safe?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that anyone who has been close to someone with COVID should test at least five days after the exposure, even if they are feeling fine. Saturday would mark five days since the first lady’s positive test.

The CDC also recommends that people who have been potentially exposed to COVID should watch for symptoms for at least 10 days. (In Biden’s case, that would be until Sept. 14.) They also should wear a face mask for 10 days whenever they are around others indoors.

Public health experts said there’s no reason for Biden to cancel his trip as long as he continues to test negative and wear a face mask indoors while close to others.,output

“I don’t see any reason for him to stay home,” said Philip Landrigan, a physician and director of Boston College’s Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good. “He just needs to be aware of his circumstances and keep testing.”

While there is always some level of risk, wearing a face mask and continuing to test will allow Biden to go through his normal duties while minimizing the chance that he could potentially infect someone else, said Andrew Pekosz, a professor of molecular biology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“That, I think, is probably something that could apply to almost anybody,” Pekosz said.

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