January 17th – CNN reported on the 16th that a spokesman for the National Guard said that during President-elect Biden’s inauguration, 25,000 National Guard soldiers, the vast majority of whom are from all states across the United States, will not go to Washington during the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
They will not Will be tested for COVID-19.
The spokesperson said that whether National Guard soldiers assigned to Washington D.C. were tested for the novel coronavirus “depending on the circumstances” and were not a general requirement.
They will be tested for temperatures upon arrival, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing during their mission.
CNN said that although the National Guard encourages people with symptoms or exposure to the virus to be tested for the novel coronavirus, the virus can still be transmitted by asymptomatic infected people.
Without testing, it is impossible to know whether any of the tens of thousands of security personnel are carrying the virus. A National Guard spokesman acknowledged that if there was a congressional riot similar to it, it would be difficult for soldiers to maintain social measures.
Major General John Harris of the Ohio National Guard has recently expressed concern about the deployment of the National Guard in the state.
Getting so many people together is something we really care about.” U.S. Air Force Captain Tinash Majona told the Military Times that as of the afternoon of the 15th local time, 43 soldiers had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.