Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a trump official testing positive for coronavirus.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson tested positive for the coronavirus Monday morning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after experiencing symptoms.
His positive results come after a White House event he attended last Tuesday. This also comes as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tested positive for the virus. Carson was around senior administration officials and other Cabinet members during the event.
In an phone interview with The Washington Post that he’s “feeling terrific” “I really came down with symptoms yesterday. Fever of 101. Chills. Muscle cramps. Respiratory issues and fatigue,”
Carson’s chief of staff Andrew Hughes, said in an email to HUD staff that Carson is “resting at his house and is already beginning to feel better.” Anyone who had been in contact with Carson last week is in the process of being notified, Hughes wrote, and “all precautions are being taken.”
Carson told The Washington Post that he contracted the virus “probably somewhere, out there in the universe” but it is not certain how. “I was on a bus tour last week. I was at the White House on election night, so there are multiple possibilities.”
“I think you have seen an increase in mask wearing at those ceremonies,” Carson told The Post on Monday. “You see a lot more masks now. People are becoming convinced that masking is good. But I’m much more concerned with therapeutics. Let’s get this thing under control. Let’s not let it control us.”
“I’m kind of shocked how many people say that they’ve done a terrible job,” he said. “I think it’s actually pretty good. Can it be better? Of course, anything can be better. We always learn. It’s called the novel coronavirus for a reason. It’s new.”
He appeared to echo Trump’s claim of immunity from the virus now that he’s been diagnosed. “It’s gone now, so I’m very happy,” Carson said. “Theoretically once you’ve had it, you have immunity, but I don’t think that’s fully been worked out yet.”
Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and a member of the White House coronavirus task force. He has been photographed mingling at indoor gatherings without a mask despite saying in the past that mask wearing makes a difference in reducing transmission of the coronavirus.