George Stephanopoulos has upset some locals in the Hamptons after he was spotted by Page Six walking down a street in public with his facemask dangling down around his neck instead of covering his mouth and nose. The “Good Morning America” anchor tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.
There is a statewide mandate from the government in New York require all residents to wear face coverings while in public. However, this is only required if a resident is unable to practice social distancing, which it appeared that Stephanopoulos was doing.
“For somebody who reports on the pandemic every day, and is broadcasting guidelines about safe social distancing, George didn’t really seem to care. He was on his own, walking through the lanes and past East Hampton Guild Hall, on his cellphone the whole time, yakking with his mask around his neck,” one resident told Page Six. “He tested positive, his wife tested positive, why can’t he follow the local mandates to wear a mask in public, why can’t he just stay home?”
— Page Six (@PageSix) April 21, 2020
He announced early on Tuesday that he has recovered from COVID-19 and now has antibodies.
“Good news for me and my family. Last week I tested positive for Covid antibodies, confirming I cleared the virus after weeks without symptoms. I’ve also signed up for a clinical trial to donate my blood plasma and expect to make the donation in the coming weeks,” he tweeted.
Last week, he announced his diagnosis and said he’d been asymptomatic. His wife, comedian Ali Wentworth, also tested positive.
“I also learned over the weekend that my tests came back positive for COVID as well, which is really no surprise given the fact that I’ve been here for a couple of weeks,” he said during the “GMA” telecast. “I’m one of those cases that are basically asymptomatic. I’ve never had a fever, never had chills, never had headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath. I’m feeling great.”
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.