Along with fellow physician Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci is among the most high-profile members of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force.
However, while Fauci is helping to craft the government’s response to COVID-19, he may have been exposed to the disease himself.
CBS News reported on Sunday that “[Fauci] will go into ‘modified quarantine’ following exposure to a White House staffer who tested positive for the coronavirus.”
Working from home and wearing a mask
Fauci characterized his exposure as being “low risk” and said that his decision to undergo isolation stems from “an abundance of caution,” CBS News reported.
According to CBS, the doctor will either be working from home or at his office at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he will be the only one in the building.
The network also reports that Fauci will wear a mask and practice social distancing if he is required to appear on Capitol Hill. As of now, he is scheduled to testify before the Senate on Tuesday, but will do so remotely, according to Fox News.
Three other cases confirmed
It remains unclear who Fauci believes he was exposed to the coronavirus by, but the past week has seen several individuals at the White House test positive for the disease.
On Thursday, deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed that “a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus,” The Hill reported. According to Politico, that individual served as President Trump’s personal valet.
The development was soon followed by news that Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, had also tested positive for COVID-19, according to Fox. Miller, who is married to senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, spoke about the news on Friday.
“Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes,” the spokeswoman tweeted. “I’m doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people.”
Trump, for his part, has offered words of encouragement for Pence’s press secretary, who he referred to as “a wonderful young woman” but said “hasn’t come into contact with me,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
On Friday, First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant also tested positive, Business Insider reported, adding to the more than 1.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.