My1sttoday: President Biden Will get the White House thoroughly disinfected following President Trump’s exit on January 20th, before the incoming Biden administration moves in to prevent the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Despite Trump administration failure to protect themselves, has continued to hold events amid a global pandemic that often disregard its own public health guidance on how to prevent the spread of the virus.
Number of cases have been tied to the White House or people who spent time with the President Trump over the past several months, including members of Trump’s family, campaign, administration and staff. Trump himself announced in October he and first lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19, and he was treated at Walter Reed Medical Center.
The deadly virus mostly spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes. Droplets can also land on surfaces and objects and be transferred by touch, although it’s not the primary way the virus spreads, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus can survive on surfaces for hours and possibly days.
With President Joe Biden set to be sworn into office on January 20th, precautions are being taken to prevent any infections among the new White House staff.
The General Services Administration will deploy a team that will “thoroughly clean and disinfect” every part of the White House touched by human hands, including furniture, doorknobs, handrails and light switches, before Biden settles into the Oval Office, Politico reports.
A private contractor will also provide “disinfectant misting services” to remove any lingering droplets.
The Biden team also plans to have a skeleton staff working onsite with the majority of staff working remotely from home.
Biden has made an effort to strictly adhere to public health guidelines outlined by the CDC over the course of the campaign and following his victory in the presidential election. He has consistently stressed the importance of social distancing and mask-wearing to the public as the outbreak in the U.S. continues to rage on.
He has pleaded to the American people to wear a mask for just 100 days, and he will.make sure to vaccines available for mass vaccination.