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Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her husband tested positive for coronavirus this late summer but have since recovered, according to reports from CNN and the Washington Post. Both outlets cited three sources familiar with her diagnosis, and CNN reported that Barrett's husband Jesse was asymptomatic while she felt "a little under the weather but recovered," one source told CNN. Deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere told the Post that the Supreme Court nominee is now tested daily. After President Donald Trump and the first lady announced Friday that they tested positive for the coronavirus, a White House spokesperson confirmed that Barett tested negative. White House spokesperson Judd Deere did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. This news comes as a number of high profile figures have tested positive for coronavirus since attending Saturday's event where the president announced Barrett as his nominee to the court. At least eight people, including the president, the first lady, Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Mike Lee, and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway have reported testing positive for the virus since the event. Barett has been teaching in-person at the University of Notre Dame this semester. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told Business Insider in a statement that she taught one course this semester starting on August 1o until her nomination. The new coronavirus cases across Congress and close to the White House have raised additional questions about the process to confirm a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that it would be "irresponsible and dangerous" to proceed with a hearing on the president's SCOTUS pick Barrett, noting that two members on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Sens. Tillis and Lee, have tested positive. However, Republican senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the hearings would happen "very soon" even after the president's announcement that he tested positive for coronavirus. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to become a backup dancer for Beyoncé
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Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination ceremony seems to tick all the boxes for a coronavirus superspreading event
Summary List Placement More than 150 people gathered in the Rose Garden of the White House...Summary List Placement More than 150 people gathered in the Rose Garden of the White House on September 26 to see President Donald Trump officially nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Most were maskless. Many hugged or shook hands as they mingled in close proximity. Then some attendees — including Trump and Barrett — celebrated inside the White House. Within five days, President Trump and the First Lady had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The outbreak has hit more than a dozen White House staff members and GOP officials. The infection timelines of those who've gotten sick — and their schedules in the week preceding the diagnoses — point to the nomination ceremony as a likely superspreader event. The term refers to a circumstance in which one person infects a disproportionately large number of others. Most often, that happens during a large gathering. "It makes perfect sense why it would've spread there," David Battinelli, chief medical officer at Northwell Health and professor of medicine at Hofstra University, told Business Insider, adding, "there were people in close contact with someone highly contagious with the disease who were invariably not paying attention to distancing, hand hygiene, or masking." Superspreader events are the primary way the coronavirus spreads, research suggests. A September study from epidemiologists in Hong Kong found that just 20% of cases led to 80% of all coronavirus transmission. Why the Rose Garden ceremony was probably a superspreader event So far, at least a dozen people who attended the Rose Garden nomination ceremony have tested positive for COVID-19. They include President Trump and Melania, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany; Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University; Senators Mike Lee of Utah and and Thom Tillis of North Carolina; Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway; Pastor Greg Laurie; assistant press secretaries Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt; and journalist Al Drago. On average, it takes about four to five days after getting infected with the virus to show symptoms, but the incubation period can be anywhere from two to 14 days, according to the CDC. Trump tested positive five days after the Barrett event, with many other officials announcing positive tests soon after. Given the timing and risks associated with the ceremony, it's very likely the event that sparked the White House cluster of cases. Who patient zero was there, however, is still unknown. Defining a superspreader The term superspreader refers to an infected person who transmits the virus to more people than the average patient does. For the coronavirus, that average number, known as R0 (pronounced "R-naught"), so far seems to hover between 2 and 2.5. So anyone who passes the virus to three people or more could be considered a superspreader. A superspreader event, then, is a set of circumstances that facilitates excessive transmission. In one well-known example, a person transmitted the virus to 52 others during a choir practice in Mt. Vernon, Washington, in March. A superspreader event in Arkansas the same month, meanwhile, involved a pastor and his wife who attended church events a few days before they developed coronavirus symptoms. Of the 92 people they came into contact with, 35 got sick. Seven had to be hospitalized, and three died. In that sense, it's not so much individual people who are innate "superspreaders" — it's a type of activity that enables them to pass the virus to lots of people. Those activities generally involve large gatherings, most often indoors, in which lots of people from different households come into close, extended contact, such as religious services or parties. Research has found the risk of coronavirus transmission to be highest indoors in poorly ventilated spaces. "You can't have a superspreading event unless there are a lot of people around, so you have to be very careful still about gatherings of people of any size," William Schaffner, an infectious-disease expert at Vanderbilt University, previously told Business Insider. That's why offices and restaurants can be hot spots; a study of an outbreak in a South Korean call center showed that almost half the employees on one floor got infected. Nearly all of them sat in the same section. The Rose Garden event was mostly outside, but that didn't mean it wasn't high-risk, according to Linsey Marr, a coronavirus aerosols researcher at Virginia Tech. "Certainly parts of it were indoors — that would be more conducive to spread a transmission. But from looking at the pictures outdoors, people were seated very close to each other, not wearing masks for an extended period of time," Marr said. "So I don't think we can rule out transmission occurring outdoors in this case also." Superspreading events account for most coronavirus transmission Superspreader events account for most new coronavirus infections worldwide. A recent preliminary report published in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found that of 3,184 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Japan, at least 61% could be traced to 61 large clusters traced to group settings like bars, restaurants, and offices. The Hong Kong research on transmission found that 70% of people with COVID-19 didn't pass the virus to anyone else at all. The rest accounted for the entirety of the virus' spread in the study. "Superspreading events are happening more than we expected, more than what could be explained by chance," Ben Cowling, one of the study's coauthors, previously told Business Insider. "The frequency of superspreading is beyond what we could have imagined." Cowling added: "If we could stop the superspreading from happening, we'd benefit the most people."SEE ALSO: 70% of people infected with the coronavirus did not pass it to anyone, preliminary research shows. Superspreading events account for most transmission. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The White House has spent $12 billion on its Operation Warp Speed vaccine plan — but experts are worried about how the money's being used
Summary List Placement Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he and President Donald Trump "shouldn't have...Summary List Placement Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he and President Donald Trump "shouldn't have a debate" if the president still has COVID-19, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The next debate between Biden and Trump is scheduled for October 15. Biden said he's "looking forward to being able to debate" Trump, but "we're going to have to follow very strict guidelines." "I think if he still has COVID, then we shouldn't have a debate," Biden told reporters Tuesday. It was revealed early Friday morning that Trump and First lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump stayed at Walter Reed Medical Center for three days to undergo testing and treatment for the virus before returning to the White House on Monday. A slew of other GOP officials soon followed with a positive diagnosis, including Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Other people who have been in the same proximity with the president over the last few weeks also tested positive. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who helped Trump prepare for the last presidential debate with Biden — tested positive over the weekend. Ex-White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and Sen. Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, who both attended the White House event for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, both tested positive for COVID-19. Biden was tested multiple times for COVID-19 since Trump's diagnosis — twice last Friday, once on Sunday, and once on Tuesday — and tested negative all four times. Vice President Mike Pence and Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala Harris are set to appear on the debate stage on Wednesday. Plexiglass barriers were installed between the podiums as a health safety measure, though scientists told Business Insider that it probably won't stop coronavirus aerosols. Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence have both tested negative for the coronavirus thus far ahead of the planned debate.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How NASA strategically paints its vehicles for space