The crucial COVID question no one in the White House will answer

This repeated refusal by Trump, his doctors, and top aides raises questions about when the president first became contagious, and his judgment in traveling around the country after at least one top staffer began showing symptoms. A bevy of Trump’s top aides have since fallen ill, and several of the nation’s top military leaders are in quarantine after interacting with a Coast Guard admiral who tested positive after attending the Gold Star event.

Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, his physician Sean Conley, and other aides and campaign officials have all refused to answer the question. Their explanations range from wanting to protect Trump’s privacy to not being in the loop on the president’s testing timeline. Sometimes, they urge reporters to focus on the future, not the past.

But the question is relevant to the immediate future, public health experts say, because it could guide the contact tracing effort that has belatedly begun at the White House. An official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embedded in the White House Medical Unit is contact tracing to ensure those who had direct contact with the many White House COVID-19 cases isolate and are tested, so they don’t continue to spread the disease.

“The more precision that we can have in terms of the last day he was negative…the more precise contact tracing efforts can be,” said Dr. Howard Koh, a former top official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. “Having precision on that whole process is very important, and we don’t have that now.”

The question also has political importance given the White House’s COVID-19 outbreak has drawn blistering criticism of Trump’s approach to handling the disease both in his own home and as president. Even some Republicans are criticizing the president for holding events — some indoors — without social distancing or masks. This week, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell suggested he’s avoided going to the White House since August because officials there appeared to have a lax approach to COVID-19.

“My impression was their approach to how to handle this was different from mine,” McConnell told reporters.

If it turns out Trump had not been tested for coronavirus in the days before he received a positive result, it would reinforce the concern he carelessly exposed his own donors in New Jersey and others, even as those around him, including top staffer Hope Hicks, were falling ill.

“It is a very important question for our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, told reporters Thursday. “Let us see a date, a time, when you last tested negative before you admitted to this virus.”

On Friday, White House aide Brian Morgenstern would not even confirm in an interview with MSNBC whether Trump had received a negative test result within 72 hours of the Sept. 29 debate against Joe Biden, as the Cleveland Clinic required of both candidates.

“You are very focused on looking backwards,” Morgenstern replied. He said the last negative test result

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Cleaning fan asks what the black dots which have mysteriously appeared in her kitchen are & is horrified by the answer

A WOMAN was left horrified after asking the internet about the black dots that mysteriously appeared in her kitchen. 

The woman uploaded a photo of the dark round marks on her tiles, but was not prepared to learn that they are actually “spider droppings”. 

A woman was left horrified after discovering the black dots that mysteriously appeared in her kitchen were spider droppings

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A woman was left horrified after discovering the black dots that mysteriously appeared in her kitchen were spider droppingsCredit: Facebook

She wrote on the Facebook group Mrs Hinch’s Cleaning Tips: “Does anyone have any idea what these marks could be? 

“They started appearing on the tiles in the kitchen in random little patches, then this morning this was on the top of the pc we have in the kitchen.”

Internet users were quick to chime in, with users adamant that the splodges were spider poo.

One said: “Spider poo. It washes off with no effort.”

Previously, another mum was also shocked to discover the marks were spider poo
Previously, another mum was also shocked to discover the marks were spider poo
The strange marks had been reappearing on skirting boards and walls
The strange marks had been reappearing on skirting boards and walls

Another added: “Defo spider poo got on door due to light outside.”

And one wrote: “Look above and you will probably see a web / spider.”

However, other users said that the black dots were from flies, with one writing: “Definitely fly poop!”

Another cleaning fanatic also took to Facebook to ask for advice
Another cleaning fanatic also took to Facebook to ask for advice

According to advice website Pest Guidance, spiders “don’t leave solid droppings; instead, their droppings are thick and liquid” and resemble dark ink stains, often appearing on walls and surfaces.

“Their faeces look like splats or drips in the shades of black, brown, white or grey,” the website reads.

“The colour or type of faeces depends on the species, but in most of the cases, you can expect dark splats or drips.

“These droppings are the combination of food and the other waste materials that are released from the spider’s body.”

In other news, we told you how one mum felt ‘sick to her stomach’ after ‘finding live maggots in her new B&M rug’.

We also revealed how one mum transformed her cupboards and hid clutter with £16 wallpaper hack.

And we showed you one woman credits £1 Elbow Grease spray with getting stubborn stains off her dining room chair.

Stacey Solomon in hysterics as son Zach mocks her baking skills by calling her cakes ‘poo muffins’

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