EThroughout the coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump has trusted a toaster-sized machine capable of spitting out test results in minutes.
In late March, Trump hailed the launch of the Abbott Laboratories ID NOW test at a Rose Garden event and embraced its widespread use in the White House to keep the deadly virus at bay.
The president has often ignored his own administration’s public health recommendations on mask wearing and social distancing, explaining that “everyone is tested” around him using the Abbott device.
However, with the announcement Friday that Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for the virus, infectious disease experts criticized the president’s strategy.
“The reliance on rapid testing, with its limitations, unfortunately gave the White House and its staff a false sense of security that they were in control of the virus,” said William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School. of Medicine.
Krutika Kuppalli, assistant professor and infectious disease expert at the University of Medicine of South Carolina, said: “Trump was playing with fire and it was really only a matter of time before something like this happened. She said.
“Even if Trump had been around someone who was sick, wearing a mask could have prevented him from contracting the virus.”