Three officials guiding the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic were in self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the disease, their agencies and spokesmen said.
Dr Anthony Fauci, 79, is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading task force member. He has negative for COVID-19 and he will continue to be tested regularly, the official said in an emailed statement.
Robert Redfield, 68, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “will be teleworking for the next two weeks” after a “low-risk exposure” on Wednesday to a person at the White House who has the disease, the CDC said in a statement.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn, who is 60, is also in self-quarantine for a couple of weeks after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the illness, an FDA spokesman told Reuters late on Friday.