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Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden waits to greet local officials at Joey D’s Restaurant at Latrobe Train Station on September 30, 2020 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Biden announced Friday that both he and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have tested negative for the coronavirus. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden waits to greet local officials at Joey D’s Restaurant at Latrobe Train Station on September 30, 2020 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Biden announced Friday that both he and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have tested negative for the coronavirus. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

'Wear a Mask, Keep Social Distance, and Wash Your Hands,' Says Joe Biden After Testing Negative for Covid-19

"I don't wear masks like him," Trump mockingly said of Biden during Tuesday night's debate. "Every time you see him he's got a mask." 

Kenny Stancil

Hours after news broke that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced just after noon Friday that he and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have both tested negative for Covid-19. 

Biden used the occasion to remind people to "wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands."

Biden's accurate public health messaging stood in stark contrast to the dozens of cases of coronavirus misinformation emanating from the Trump administration—revealed in a report released Friday by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that documents the White House's relentless attacks on scientific expertise.

According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Friday morning, the president is so far experiencing "mild symptoms" from the virus, though he would not elaborate on what those symptoms were.

During Tuesday night's debate, Trump mocked Biden for consistently complying with the advice of epidemiologists. 

"I don't wear masks like him," Trump said. "Every time you see him he's got a mask." 

As Common Dreams reported earlier today, progressive critics have argued that Trump's diagnosis is not a surprise but rather "a direct and foreseeable consequence of the president's months of lying, callous disregard for public health, and catastrophic mishandling of the federal government's pandemic response."


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WHO, South Africa Urge Nations to Lift 'Naive' Omicron Travel Bans

"The only thing the prohibition on travel will do is to further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond to, and recover from, the pandemic."

Brett Wilkins ·


EU Joins Rights Group in Condemning Israel's 'Day of Destruction' of Palestinian Homes

"Demolitions are illegal under international law and significantly undermine the prospects for peace."

Brett Wilkins ·


GOP 'Silence Speaks Volumes,' Says Ilhan Omar as Boebert's Bigotry Goes Unpunished

"Normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress."

Brett Wilkins ·


Africans Should Be 'Applauded, Not Punished,' Say Advocates Amid Omicron Travel Ban

"What is going on right now is inevitable," said African Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance co-chair Dr. Ayoade Alakija. "It's a result of the world's failure to vaccinate in an equitable, urgent, and speedy manner."

Brett Wilkins ·


Biden Drilling Report Blasted as 'Shocking Capitulation to the Needs of Corporate Polluters'

"Greenlighting more fossil fuel extraction, then pretending it's OK by nudging up royalty rates, is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic," said one campaigner.

Jessica Corbett ·

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