Dr. Birx is one of the White House’s Covid-19 advisers, defended herself on Monday as she faced backlash for traveling to a vacation property in Delaware with others after Thanksgiving.
Despite her telling others to stay in their immediate household, Birx was accompanied by three generations of her family. Birx, her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren were present.
“Like many Americans, I am the sole caregiver for my parents,” she said in a statement to Fox News. “They live with me in my immediate household in Potomac, where my daughter and her family reside as well. We are all supporting each other and providing for each other during this difficult time.”
“As some members of my immediate family could be at risk for COVID-19, I am extremely vigilant in taking all precautions to protect them. I self-isolate, I wear a mask, and I get tested when I interact with them. My family and I follow and practice CDC guidelines, and I encourage all Americans, especially those in situations similar to mine, to do the same.”
Birx was just the latest public official who appeared to go against their own guidelines. While Dr. Birx wants others to not travel, she decides to travel anyway.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom also received criticism for his attending at a dinner party at a French restaurant on Nov. 6. “While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” he stated.
Sources: The Hill, Newsmax and The Washington Post; Photo: The Associated Press