Earlier today, Senator Ted Cruz released the following statement and put himself in self-quarantine due to shaking hands with a coronavirus patient.
Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake
I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy. Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and that I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low.
The physicians further advised that testing is not effective before symptoms manifest, and my brief interaction with the individual does not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine.
Now a second GOP lawmaker who had even more contact with the coronavirus carrier is following suit.
Per WashingtonExaminer Rep. Paul Gosar spent an extended period of time with a Conservative Political Action Conference attendee who later tested positive for coronavirus, and he is taking steps to stop the possible spread of the illness.
The Arizona Republican announced on Sunday night that he and three of his senior members of his staff will be self-quarantined for fourteen days.
“I have been informed that during the CPAC conference members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19. I was with the individual for an extended period of time and we shook hands several times,” he said in a statement.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) March 9, 2020
Gosar went on to explain that neither he nor the members of his staff who were also exposed are showing symptoms, but he added that he will remain in his Arizona home until the quarantine period is over. Gosar also said his office in Washington, D.C., will be closed for the week.
The congressman became the second known member of Congress to come into contact with the virus carrier. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had a brief exchange with the victim that lasted “less than a minute” and will also self-quarantine himself despite having “no current symptoms.”