Reporters reacted to news that Nancy Pelosi had contracted Covid-19, with one heard saying “this is why we wear masks.”
Reporters are heard saying in a C-SPAN stream: “She shouldn’t come,” “I think this is gonna be the end of this press conference,” as well as, “okay, so we don’t need to be here anymore.”
Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted that Pelosi had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
“After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” he tweeted. “The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided.”
The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly. (2/2)
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) April 7, 2022
“The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly,” he said.
Pelosi confirmed her condition in a tweet, saying that she has tested positive but remains asymptomatic.
“I tested positive for COVID and am asymptomatic. Thank you for your many kind wishes. I am grateful for them and to be vaccinated. Please get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already. COVID is still a public health challenge. Let’s keep up the fight to protect our care.”
Pelosi was recently very close to President Biden, as he signed the Postal Service Reform Act. The two also shook hands.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insisted on Thursday that the President was not in close contact with Pelosi, despite her positive test. The two were seen kissing and shaking hands, according to Daily Mail.
“Psaki noted that CDC guidelines define close contact as ‘is being within six feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period,” the Mail said. “It’s not arbitrary. It’s not something made up by the White House. It’s CDC guidelines,” she said at her daily press briefing. “It did not meet the bar.”
President Biden is double boosted for Covid-19 and is 79 years old.