Matt Gaetz is the fourth Republican to self-quarantine after coronavirus exposure
Congressman Matt Gaetz's office has just announced that he has been tested for coronavirus and is currently self-quarantining. In addition, he will be closing down his Washington, D.C. office.
Ironically, Gaetz previously mocked the coronavirus by wearing a gas mask. He also wore it on the House floor while people were voting on coronavirus funding. This was before he knew he could personally be infected. One of his constituents died from it, too. Not so funny now, huh?
Reviewing the coronavirus supplemental appropriation and preparing to go vote. pic.twitter.com/wjJ4YY4VZz— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 4, 2020
He is the fourth Republican in recent days to self-quarantine. Senator Ted Cruz, Rep. Paul Gosar, and Rep. Doug Collins are all isolating themselves after coming in contact with an infected individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
The Congressman doesn't experience any symptoms yet but is taking his doctor's recommendation to sit things out for 14 days until he can get some answers.
As far as Senator Cruz goes, he admitted he interacted with the person in question and that they shook hands. Given that he made contact, health experts say that you should avoid public contact even if you aren't experiencing symptoms. That's how quickly the virus spreads.
Here is Cruz's full statement:
"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 have consulted with medical authorities from the Houston Health Department, the Harris County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as my personal physician. I have also spoken with Vice President Pence, Leader McConnell, and Mark Meadows.
"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.
"The medical authorities explicitly advised me that, given the above criteria, the people who have interacted with me in the 10 days since CPAC should not be concerned about potential transmission.
"Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as a part of my job and to give everyone peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction.
"Everyone should continue to treat this outbreak seriously and be driven by facts and medical science. We need to continue to be proactive in mobilizing resources to combat this outbreak-including the $8.3 billion in emergency funding we provided last week-and I encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC and other health professionals in protecting their own health and welfare, as well as the health and welfare of those around them."