Chris Wallace, the moderator for the first general election debate, tested negative for COVID-19 nearly a week after the chaotic matchup.
Wallace’s employer Fox News confirmed the negative result Monday evening. During the debate, which Wallace struggled to maintain control over, he sat several feet away from the two candidates, who were barred from traditional pre-debate handshakes. Fox News also announced that its chief White House correspondent John Roberts received negative test results.
President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and several other figures in Trump’s orbit tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. Trump announced his diagnosis early Friday morning and, by the end of the day, was transported by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment.
Trump’s doctors have revealed that he was treated with an experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail and the antiviral drug remdesivir in addition to vitamin D, zinc, famotidine, daily aspirin, and melatonin.
The president was released from the hospital on Monday and has since posted tweets and videos telling people not to be afraid of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 210,000 people in the United States with illnesses associated with the contagion.
“I just left Walter Reed Medical Center, and it’s really something very special, the doctors, the nurses, the first responders — and I learned so much about coronavirus, and one thing that’s for certain, don’t let it dominate you,” Trump said in one video posted on Monday night.
“Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines, all developed recently,” he added.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday that plexiglass dividers will separate Vice President Mike Pence, Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, and the moderator during their only debate before the election. The debate is set for Wednesday.
Biden, who shared the debate stage with Trump on Tuesday, tested negative for COVID-19, according to his team. Biden has moved forward with campaign events and was visiting Florida on Monday.
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