Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday indicated he would participate in the next scheduled debate with President Donald Trump if experts determined it was safe.
“I’ll do whatever the experts say is appropriate to do,” Biden told reporters before he boarded his campaign plane.
He said he would “listen to the science” to make the decision, adding that “we should be very cautious.”
The former vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, are scheduled to deliver remarks in Miami later Monday. The pair has so far tested negative for the virus following the news that Trump and several people in his inner circle were diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Biden declined to comment on Trump’s excursion from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday to wave at supporters from inside a car. He also did not want to comment on Trump’s health, saying he would “leave that to the doctors.”
The next presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 15.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that isolation and other precautions for most people can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the help of medication and other symptoms are improving. But if a patient was admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen, they might need to isolate longer, possibly up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared.
Trump used supplemental oxygen on Friday, according to his medical team, and was later admitted to Walter Reed medical center.
But Trump could stop isolation earlier than the criteria indicates if he receives two negative tests results in a row at least 24 hours apart from each other, according to CDC guidance.
The latest in Trump’s inner circle to test positive for the virus was White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday.
The president’s medical team indicated on Sunday that Trump could be released from the medical center to return to the White House as early as Monday. The team noted two incidents of drops in Trump’s oxygen levels since he tested positive. The most recent drop, which happened Saturday morning, prompted doctors to put the president on dexamethasone, a widely available steroid that has been shown to reduce death in severe COVID-19 cases.