A spokesman for Dr. Ben Carson reported the secretary of housing and urban development was “in good spirits” after testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
According to ABC News, Coalter Baker — Carson’s deputy chief of staff — said the secretary “feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery.”
Baker said Carson, 69, took a test at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, prompted by coronavirus symptoms but was not hospitalized.
ABC News reported that Carson attended the same election watch event at the White House on Election Day as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who Bloomberg News reported tested positive for COVID-19 the day after the election.
Although Meadows, 61, did not speak to Bloomberg, the news outlet asserted he might have been asymptomatic and kept the news among a few co-workers.
CNBC weighed in on Carson’s diagnosis Monday, attributing it to “large gatherings” at the White House with “numerous officials and others who work there, including Trump,” testing positive since September.
Bloomberg Sr. White House Reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweeted Monday that Carson was in the company “of other members of the Trump cabinet” during the watch party.
Ben Carson, who has coronavirus, was at the White House for the election night watch party on Tuesday, along with other members of the Trump cabinet, including Bill Barr, Steve Mnuchin, Alex Azar, David Bernhardt, etc.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 9, 2020
Conservative commentator Armstrong Williams said in a Monday tweet that he had spoken with Carson, who was “doing extraordinarily well.”
Spoke with my brother Dr. Carson earlier and he is doing extraordinarily well. He is so grateful to have access to powerful therapeutics. We also pray for the millions who celebrated over the weekend and may have exposed themselves to COVID19.
— Armstrong Williams (@Arightside) November 9, 2020
Williams also said he was praying “for the millions who celebrated over the weekend and may have exposed themselves to COVID-19.”
Others on social media, however, mocked Carson’s diagnosis.
Ben Carson of all people is well aware how contagious Covid-19 is, yet he refused to follow safety protocols. He’s as dumb that fraud who refuses to concede.
— SW (@SCWatt) November 9, 2020
Ben Carson has coronavirus, according to ABC News. He caught it at Donald Trump’s election night party. As I’ve said, I wouldn’t wish this awful virus on anyone. But these clowns did it to themselves.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 9, 2020
Guess now we’re gonna find out if Ben Carson has gifted lungs.
— Travon Free (@Travon) November 9, 2020
TV: “Breaking news: Ben Carson has tested positive for Coronavirus”
Me: HAAAAA. HA HA.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) November 9, 2020
Carson was a renowned neurosurgeon before retiring from medicine in 2013.
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