White House cleaning crews hard at work on Trump’s return

The White House cleaning crews have their work cut out for them after an outbreak of coronavirus that infected President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and several aides and staffers.

Trump returned to the White House just three days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment even though he has not yet been cleared of the virus and was receiving experimental drugs to control his symptoms.

A member of the cleaning staff sprays the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A member of the cleaning staff sprays the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WHITE HOUSE RELEASES NEW CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS FOR RESIDENCE STAFF AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DIAGNOSIS

Cleaning crews in hazmat suits disinfected the James Brady Briefing Room and other parts of the West Wing upon Trump’s return.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany briefed reporters on the president’s condition last Thursday from that room and subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday. Her assistant, Chad Gilmartin, also tested positive.

The two are among at least 20 administration officials and lawmakers who have come down with the virus. Many of them may have been infected at what has been called a “super-spreader event” at the Rose Garden to celebrate Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy — Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The event has come under fire as most attendees were maskless and proper social distancing was not observed.

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Trump returned to the White House, traveling on Marine One, and shot a maskless video of himself waving from his balcony despite still being contagious.

President Trump holds his face mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump holds his face mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

He tweeted Tuesday morning that he is planning to attend next week’s debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden in Miami.

The president’s diagnosis has fueled speculation over White House measures for keeping its staff safe during the pandemic.

The White House maintains that since March, it has adopted hospital-grade disinfection policies, had medical teams lead coronavirus workshops, significantly reduced staff and encourage maximum teleworking.

On Tuesday, it issued updated guidance on coronavirus protections for employees, which included wearing personal protective equipment and taking additional precautionary measures to prevent cross-contamination.

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White House reportedly pushed CDC hard to fall in line on sending kids to school, sought alternate safety data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began working in early summer on guidance for sending children back to school, and the White House then “spent weeks trying to press public health professionals to fall in line with President Trump’s election-year agenda of pushing to reopen schools and the economy as quickly as possible,” The New York Times reported Monday night, citing documents and interviews with current and former government officials.

This “strikingly political intervention in one of the most sensitive public health debates of the pandemic” included searching for “alternate data” that suggested children were at little or no risk from the coronavirus, the Times reports, and trying to swap in guidance from a little-known Health and Human Services Department agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

SAMHSA was focused on the emotional and mental health toll remote school could have on children, but CDC scientists found multiple problems with the agency’s assertion that COVID-19 posed a low health and transmission risk for children. That’s the language the White House was most interested in, though, and throughout the summer the CDC won some battles and lost others trying to keep it out of public guidance, the Times documents.

Olivia Troye, one of Vice President Mike Pence’s envoys on the White House coronavirus task force until leaving the administration in July, told the Times she regrets being “complicit” in the effort to pressure the CDC to make children look safer than the data supported. She said when she tried to shield the CDC, Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, charged “more junior staff” to “develop charts” for White House briefings.

In early July, several prominent medical groups, including the American Association of Pediatrics, advised sending kids back to school with stringent safety measures, in part because the data at the time suggested lower risk for kids. “More recently, data compiled by the academy from recent months shows that hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus have increased at a faster rate in children and teenagers than among the general public,” the Times reports. Read more at The New York Times.

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Watching Jeff Mauro Cook With His Son on ‘The Kitchen’ is Helping Fans Through Hard Times

These are difficult days for everyone. Pandemic depression is real, and it’s touching most Americans. Even Michelle Obama admitted to being depressed due to the current global situation. Some things are making people feel a little better, however.

Actors, comedians, and artists are working harder than ever to keep peoples’ spirits up during this difficult time. Many shows are still being filmed, but actors can’t go to studios.

That means they’re opening up their homes, and recording themselves in their own houses so that fans can get the content they crave. Jeff Mauro, Food Network star, is one such celeb. Fans are forever grateful that he stepped up to film from his own kitchen. 

Jeff Mauro is the perfect person to lift spirits during quarantine 

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When Mauro announced he would be doing episodes of The Kitchen from his own kitchen during lockdown, it seemed like a perfect fit. Mauro has two passions: comedy, and food.

On the Food Network, he’s able to combine them. Now, if it’s one thing people need, it’s comedy. A lockdown cooking show seems perfect for Mauro’s particular skill set. 

But setting up his New Jersey home wasn’t easy for this Chicago native. He went from a 70 person crew to himself, his son, and his wife. They surrounded the kitchen with multiple iPhones and iPads, as well as a laptop for Zoom conferencing with hi co hosts, Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian.

He didn’t even have all the food and spices he would normally have on set. Mauro and his family resorted to frozen salmon for their first lock down episode.

According to Mauro via Chicago Tribune: “Luckily we had enough salmon frozen that we could do this recipe. We do not have the resources that we normally do for ‘The Kitchen.’ We have the same stuff that everybody else has. It made it that much more special.”

Fans loved Jeff Mauro’s son Lorenzo 

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Something else made Jeff Mauro cooking at home during quarantine special for fans. Not only was he in his normal kitchen, using things he had at home like “everybody else,” but he was with his family.

Like most Americans, Mauro had his son Lorenzo with him full time during lockdown, and he didn’t shut him out of the kitchen to film for the Food Network. Instead, Lorenzo was right there with him, and fans loved it. 

One fan on Reddit wrote: “Any scene with Jeff and Lorenzo always brightens my day. I melted when Lorenzo said he makes grilled cheese very expertly (pun not intended).”

Other fans agreed, and say that the channel has done a good job adapting to the ‘new normal’ of coronavirus lock down. 

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