Guests watch as President Trump introduces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House on September 26. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The event is at least a stark example of what not to do during a pandemic.
As the cluster of coronavirus cases linked to the White House and Washington Republicans grows — there have been 12 reported so far, by Vox’s count — and it becomes increasingly apparent that most of the people with confirmed infections attended a recent White House reception for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, it’s reasonable to ask: Was this a superspreading event, meaning one where a lot of people get infected at the same time, by a common source?
It is difficult to say for sure, but that reception is a vivid example of what not to do during the Covid-19 pandemic:
From tomorrow’s NYT A1, a reminder that the Amy Coney Barrett WH event was not entirely outdoors pic.twitter.com/wSJvKOY4JD
— Rebecca Buck (@RebeccaBuck) October 3, 2020
This picture, taken last Saturday at the White House, shows President Donald Trump hosting a reception for Barrett after he formally nominated her to the…