George Stephanopoulos has been accused of failing to practice proper social distancing while taking care of his coronavirus-stricken wife Ali Wentworth — after being seen out in the Hamptons just days before he announced he had also tested positive for COVID-19.
The 59-year-old Good Morning America co-host was publicly called out by his neighbor, author Carrie Doyle, who penned a scathing Facebook post after spotting him wearing a mask and gloves at White’s Apothecary in East Hampton on April 10, nine days after Wentworth announced she was sick with the highly-contagious illness.
‘If you know someone’s wife has corona and the wife has been very very sick with it, do you think that the husband should be out at pharmacies picking up prescriptions when the pharmacy delivers and does curbside pickup?’ she wrote last Friday in a since-deleted message, according to the New York Post.
Allegations: George Stephanopoulos has been accused of failing to practice proper social distancing while taking care of his coronavirus-stricken wife Ali Wentworth
Irate neighbor: Author Carrie Doyle called out Stephanopoulos on Facebook in a since-deleted post after seeing him at White’s Apothecary in East Hampton on April 10
‘Even though he is wearing a mask, would it still be disconcerting for you to see that he has been standing several feet away from you for ten minutes while you talked to the pharmacist?’ Doyle continued.
‘If your answer is yes than [sic] please tweet GEORGE STEPHANOPOLOUS [sic] to stay the hell home!!!!!!!!!’
Three days later, Stephanopoulos announced on Good Morning America that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, saying it was ‘no surprise’ considering his wife’s battle with the illness.
‘I’m one of those cases that are basically asymptomatic,’ he said. ‘I’ve never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath. I’m feeling great.’
‘I was taking the test fully expecting it was going to come back negative,’ he admitted, ‘but in fact, it did come back positive.’
Necessary? The 59-year-old was wearing a mask and gloves when he visited the pharmacy, but Doyle stressed that White’s Apothecary delivers and does curbside pickup
Sick as can be: Stephanopoulos was seen out in the Hamptons nine days after his wife Ali announced she had COVID-19
After learning the journalist tested positive for the novel virus, Doyle returned to Facebook to once again slam him, according to The Post, this time sharing a photo of him on a golf course with his dog on Saturday.
‘Thanks for letting me know that now George Stephanopolous [sic] has admitted he tested positive for Corona,’ she wrote. ‘Below is a picture of George trespassing on the Maidstone golf course on Saturday. He was not wearing his mask.’
Doyle also pointed out that Stephanopoulos’ dog was seen laying in bed with Wentworth when she was sick.
‘We still don’t know if dogs can transmit’ she noted. ‘He is also trespassing on a private golf course, entering through a lane where it clearly says PRIVATE CLUB NO TRESPASSING. So is this a good guy or what?’
Stephanopoulos told the New York Times via phone interview that he visited the pharmacy more than two weeks after his wife first exhibited symptoms, saying he had been following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
News: Stephanopoulos revealed on Good Morning America on Monday that he had tested positive for coronavirus but was asymptomatic
Asymptomatic: ‘I’ve never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath. I’m feeling great,’ he told his co-hosts
Family: Stephanopolous and Wentworth had been isolating at home with their two children Elliott Anastasia and Harper Andrea (pictured June 2017)
‘I was staying home, I was self-monitoring, I never had a temperature, and I never had any of the classic symptoms,’ he said. ‘I was wearing a mask and gloves in White’s.’
The GMA star explained that he decided to get tested the next day because he was getting ready to go back to work. After getting tested, he took a walk on the golf course, but he said he was ‘carrying a mask’ and ‘nowhere near any people.’
He didn’t learn that he had tested positive until a few days later.
Doyle told The Times that she found it hypocritical that Stephanopoulos had been urging viewers to self-isolate and social distance but was not, in her opinion, practicing what he preached.
Stephanopoulos and Wentworth appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! via satellite on Wednesday night, and he once again maintained that he feels ‘great.’
Hitting back: Stephanopoulos said he visited the pharmacy more than two weeks after his wife first exhibited symptoms. Wentworth ended her 16-day isolation this week
Virtual appearance: Stephanopoulos and Wentworth appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! via satellite on Wednesday night, and he once again maintained that he feels ‘great’
Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms. Mild cases can cause cold-like symptoms including a sore throat, headache, fever, cough, or trouble breathing. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory illness, kidney failure, and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?
The virus, called COVID-19, is transmitted from person to person via droplets when an infected person breathes out, coughs or sneezes.
It can also spread via contaminated surfaces such as door handles or railings.
Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Mild cases can cause cold-like symptoms including a sore throat, headache, fever, cough or trouble breathing.
Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory illness, kidney failure and death.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Even in ‘mild’ cases, the symptoms can be horrific, as Wentworth herself said in an Instagram post earlier this month.
She called it ‘pure misery’ being quarantined from her family in another room and feeling ‘high fever,’ ‘horrific body aches,’ and a ‘heavy chest.’
While discussing his diagnosis on GMA, Stephanopoulos said that in hindsight he believes he may have felt some mild symptoms that he associated with side-effects from physical exercise.
‘I actually thought it was from a hard workout that day, and it cleared up the next morning,’ he recalled.
‘Several days after that I had one day where I had a diminished sense of smell but that’s really been it for my symptoms over these last several weeks.’
Wentworth, who came out of 16 days of isolation on Monday, shared a video of her husband clapping for her as she walked downstairs while Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’ played in the background.
The CDC has estimated that one in four people who are infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms at all, which is one of the reasons the government has urged everyone to stay at home to slow the rate of infection, even if the individual is now experiencing symptoms.