Last week, Trump has been hosting dozens of festive holiday tours and parties at the White House, unmindful of the continuing increase in COVID-19 death toll. According to The Washington Post, the president seems to be forgetting that the number or deaths in the country, as a result of coronavirus outbreak is nearing 300,000.
While only 50 were invited as guests in the recent White House Christmas Party, the risk of getting infected and thereafter spreading the virus even to those who did not attend, is definitely high.
Apparently, Trump supporters still do not see the dangers of getting infected, since they keep attending jam-packed holiday events. In a video shared by a former Oklahoma Republican Party chair, Pam Pollard, Republican lawmakers can be seen gathered closely below a White House staircase awaiting Trump’s appearance. Through the video audio background included discernible sounds of someone coughing badly. Still, no one seemed to care as the attendees kept mingling throughout the duration of the party.
When Trump finally appeared, he used the moment as opportunity to avow that he will always oppose the presidential election results. However, he did not mention that he and his lawyers will be able to provide supporting evidence to prove that there was indeed widespread election fraud that could overturn the results in his favor. .
Show of Safety Guidelines Guests Were Supposed to Follow During Super-Spreader Events
During the holding of the event, written notice of safety guidelines that guests are supposed to follow during the events were prominently displayed but seemed to serve only as a publicity stunt. According to Melania Trump’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham told The Post WH correspondent, guests will be served with individually plated servings of food at food stations enclosed in acrylic glass partitions. She also gave assurance that all beverages served are adequately covered.
Furthermore, Grisham underscored that instructions were given to all service staffs to comply with food safety guidelines such as wearing gloves and masks. Other safety measures included making an abundance of hand sanitizers available to the limited number of guests that were invited. However one of the guests confided to the Post correspondent that the party organizers did not bother to send copy of the guidelines.
U.S Surgeon General Advice about Holding of Holiday Galas and Celebrations
U.S Surgeon General Jerome Adams appeared last month in a Good Morning America (GMA) to give advice to those who plan to throw holiday celebrations.
Aside from saying that it is important to make sure that the number of guests are as few as possible, the Surgeon General specifically stated that the health advisories are also addressed to those at the White House and not just the American public. Inasmuch as Trumps Super Spreader Events result to notable spike in new active cases, infectious experts are anticipating that the U.S. COVID-19 death toll could surpass the 500,000 mark.