The virus has reached the highest echelons of the Italian military, and now not even the Trump administration is being spared its effects as the Daily Caller has reported that Trump Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows has self-quarantined following exposure to a patient infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff Mark Meadows announced Monday that he will be self-quarantining after possibly meeting the individual who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) while infected with coronavirus.
Mark Meadows was advised this weekend that he might have come in contact with the individual. Meadows took a precautionary test which came back negative. Meadows’ chief of staff Ben Williamson said: “He’ll be self-quarantined till the 14 day period passes Wednesday.” (source)
This is an interesting statement, since the fact that “virus”, which has made many people panic and shaken markets around the world, could cause further instability in the US economy because it “may” have infected a senior member of the White House staff.
The issue here is not reality, but perception. The perception that “the virus” could “hurt Trump” might cause investors, who tend to function like a herd of animals, to panic and perhaps sell of in anticipation of possible economic problems.
The image of stability is as just as important to stability for what concerns the general public as much as actual stability is.
There is also the possibility that it may have been intentionally made for another purpose, for crises are not wasted but used by skilled manipulators to adjust the social or political environment for one’s benefit.