FDA chief self-quarantines after exposure to person with coronavirus

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Three prime USA public well being officers on the forefront of the Trump administration's battle in opposition to the Covid-19 outbreak went into self-quarantine Saturday for the subsequent two weeks after "low-risk" publicity to the lethal virus via contacts with somebody who has examined constructive.

Fauci, a high-profile member of the USA taskforce, has tested negative for COVID-19, the spokesperson said. Miller, the wife of one of President Donald Trump's senior advisers, tested positive on Friday, raising alarm about the virus' potential spread within the White House's innermost circle.

Fauci said his "modified quarantine" will consist of him staying at home as much as possible and teleworking for the next 14 days.

Fauci said he may consider venturing to his office at the National Institutes of Health, where he would be the only one working.

Hahn, a physician who's led the FDA since December, is a member of the White House's coronavirus task force.

Unlike Fauci, Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will be undergoing a full quarantine, while Dr. Robert Redfield, the director fo the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also be self-quarantining for two weeks.

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The FDA and CDC have not disclosed the identity of the person who had tested positive and with whom the agency leaders came into contact.

Both Trump and Pence are being tested for coronavirus every day.

Late on Saturday, US media reports quoted a spokesperson for Dr Anthony Fauci as saying the country's top infectious disease expert would be "taking appropriate precautions" to mitigate the risk to personal contacts while still carrying out his duties. A valet for Pence has also tested positive for Covid-19.

Miller had been in recent contact with Pence but not with the president and had tested negative a day earlier. Miller tweeted she was "doing well" and looked forward to getting back to work. "Two senior administration officials said the discussion was not heated", the newspaper reported.

He also said that if he is called to the White House or Capitol Hill, he may go, while taking safety precautions.

Fauci has stated he will likely be working from house, will put on a masks and can go to workplace exclusively when he'll make sure you be the one one round on the time.

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