The president has two health obligations, said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University: “Number one keeps himself and the toilet safe, and number two, to protect the American people.”
“No individual, president or not, has the right to expose others to a dangerous virus,” added Gostin.
The president’s doctor, dr. Sean P. Conley said that Mr. Trump’s exposure is “extremely limited” with an individual who was later found to be infected. Although the president spent more time “closer” to a second individual who later turned out to be positive, “all interactions occurred before any symptoms started.”
However, infected people may not exhibit symptoms for days; they can transmit the virus to others during this period, studies have shown.
Other administration officials exchanged their backs with people who later proved positive. Attorney general William P. Barr and the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, met last week with the Australian home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, who later said he was infected with the coronavirus.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who decided to self-quarantine after mingling at a conservative political conference where a participant proved positive, is “probably doing the right thing, because as a politician, in some cases it’s like a doctor or anyone else who sees large numbers of people every day, “said Kelly Hills, bioethicist and co-founder of the consulting firm Rogue Bioethics.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went into isolation even before his wife proved positive for the coronavirus on Friday, and a Spanish deputy prime minister also did.