JOE Biden is taking a COVID-19 test after possibly being exposed to the virus from Donald Trump, who tested positive days after the debate.
During the televised event on Tuesday night, Trump and Biden did not shake hands – but neither candidate wore a protective mask.
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Sources familiar with Biden’s plans told CNN that he is getting tested on Friday morning.
The President, 74, announced that he had the virus just hours after it was revealed his top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife was also tested and received a negative result this morning.
Trump revealed that he and Melania will remain in quarantine – in what could set back his campaign with just 32 days until the presidential election.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump tweeted on Friday morning.
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
During the debate, Trump mocked Biden for showing up to events “with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen,” telling moderator Chris Wallace “I don’t wear face masks like him.”
His COVID diagnosis has left Americans questioning what would happen if a presidential candidate got sick or even died before the election.
If a US candidate running for president dies between the popular vote and the meeting of the Electoral College – the body which is formed every four years for electing the president and vice president of the United States – the parties will try to replace the candidate.
If the candidate that dies is on the winning presidential ticket, it’s still the party’s responsibility to provide a new candidate who the electorate could vote into office.
The replacement candidate’s name would go on the Electoral College ballot only and their political party would expect its voters to vote that candidate into office.
There’s no federal law saying electors have to vote for the replacement candidate.
If a presidential candidate has to withdraw before an election, the party would try to replace that nominee.
In the Democratic Party, for example, there is a committee called the Democratic National Committee which is given the power to replace a party’s nominee.
That nominee would then have to get on the ballot to represent the party in the presidential election.
The rules for doing this vary in different states: for instance, how much time before an election you must act if you want to replace a nominee.
Meanwhile, Biden and Trump were set to go head-to-head again in Miami on October 15, around the time the president’s two-week isolation period will end.