Joe Biden, the Democratic Party Presidential nominee in the United States of America has called for the cancellation of next week Presidential debate if President Trump is still sick with COVID-19.
Biden made this call on Tuesday as Trump’s bout of COVID-19 casts doubt on whether he can debate him next week, October 15 in Miami.
The White House also agreed in a message that President Trump might still be contagious next week.
After a speech in Gettysburg, Biden said he hoped safety protocols set for the debates by the Cleveland Clinic would be followed. Asked if he would feel safe onstage with Trump. The former vice president said, “I think if he still has COVID, we shouldn’t have a debate.”
According to America Center for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 patients can safely end isolation 10 days after the onset of illness, so long as they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours, the CDC says. For severe cases, it is 20 days.
If it’s 10 days, Trump could come out of isolation this weekend — before the Miami debate. If it’s 20, it would be the week after the debate. Even if doctors clear him to debate, there’s no guarantee he won’t be contagious, especially for a lengthy, heated argument indoors.
“The shouting creates a lot more aerosol, so it makes these droplets finer, so they can linger in the air longer and potentially infect people,” said Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine who specializes in infectious diseases at UC San Francisco.