Coronavirus: White House task force members self-isolate

Coronavirus: White House task force members self-isolate

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Washington, May 10 : The White House announced on Sunday that three members of its coronavirus task force will be self-isolating for two weeks after possible exposure to the illness. Dr Anthony Fauci, who has become the public face of the fight against the virus in the US, is one of those who will go into quarantine. His agency, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was at "relatively low risk" due to the degree of his exposure.

Dr Fauci has tested negative. The 79-year-old will work from home for the time being and will be regularly tested, the institute said. Others who are self-isolating are Dr Robert Redfield director of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Stephen Hahn.

In a statement, the CDC said even though Dr Redfield, 68, had no symptoms and was not feeling unwell, but he would also be teleworking for two weeks after "low risk exposure" to someone at the White House. It is unclear who this person is. And an FDA spokesman said that 60-year-old Stephen Hahn was also self-isolating and he too had tested negative for coronavirus, the spokesman said. (UNI)