How President Trump's Recent Diagnosis Will Effect The Upcoming Debates


 

After President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis last week, as well as First Lady Melania Trump and several other high-up Republican politicians, the Commission on Presidential Debates will be adding additional safety measures to future debates.

The first of these measures will be at the vice presidential debate where Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamla Harris will be separated by plexiglass.

The competitors will also be seated at least twelve feet apart, compared to the seven that separated President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden at last week's presidential debate.

Susan Page of USA Today, who will be moderating the debate, will also be seated twelve feet from the candidates.

Vice President Pence and Senator Harris will not have to wear their masks on stage, but they will have to submit to coronavirus testing prior to the debate.

President Trump tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after the first presidential debate where he shared a stage with Joe Biden. His team was in charge of testing him before the debate and "required to certify" to the Cleveland Clinic that the president tested negative so it is unclear when he contracted the virus. The former vice president tested negative but will continue to receive regular testing.

Biden and Trump were the first candidates in history to forgo the traditional pre-debate handshake because of the coronavirus, and their running mates will follow the same protocol. Perhaps they will greet each other with a respectful nod.

Guests will be allowed to be present in the debate hall, although their numbers are strictly limited and they will be required to wear masks at all times and present negative COVID-19 tests.

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