She thought she was in the clear.
She never expected what would happen next.
Now, Kamala Harris stopped dead in her tracks at this devastating piece of news.
Two of Harris’s staff members, “a flight crew member and Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen,” both tested positive for the virus last Wednesday.
This essentially forced the Biden campaign to shut down all of Harris’s public appearances for the upcoming two weeks.
This news comes as a severe blow to Harris this close to the election.
She is losing precious campaigning time, unable to go outside.
A spokesperson spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon, stating: “After being with Senator Harris, both individuals attended personal, non-campaign events in the past week. Under our campaign’s strict health protocols, both individuals had to be tested before returning to their work with the campaign from these personal events.”
According to the campaign manager, they have cancelled Harris’s events for the weekend and have canceled appearances for her husband as well.
Harris is scheduled to appear on Monday, but that is open to change if she begins to show symptoms of the virus at any point.
The spokesperson continued:
“These protocols help protect the campaign, the staff, and anyone who they may have contact with; the importance of having such protocols — which include testing before resuming duties, regular testing while working in-person, isolation after time off, and masking and distancing while on campaign duties — have been illustrated once again.”
While these protocols are necessary to keep the candidates, their families, and all of the campaign staffers safe, it is frustrating for the candidates to be sequestered away at this vital time in their campaign.
The Biden campaign has been studiously keeping Biden away from the virus, as he is part of the age group most at risk.
He gave his interview to George Stephanopoulos on ABC last Thursday night while Trump was interviewed on NBC at the same time.
This was the campaign manager’s answer to not having a live debate.
Since Trump tested positive for coronavirus, they refused to let the two candidates debate in person, despite Trump’s insistence on a live debate.
In addition to the campaign’s precautions with Biden, Harris has been taking her own precautions in the VP debate she participated in with Mike Pence.
They did debate in person, but both candidates were behind plexiglass sheets to protect themselves.
Since Pence had been in contact with Trump recently, who tested positive, the debate took all precautions against the spread of the virus.
There is a great degree of fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 even though the world is seven months into a national crisis caused by the virus.
People believe more should be known about it, more should be done about it.
But we must continue to forge ahead with our lives.
The nation must continue moving, not grind to a halt.
Safety is the number one priority in this situation, but we must learn to adapt, continue to move forward, and keep the nation running.