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Rep. Gohmert Returned to Congress Despite Potential COVID-19 Exposure

In the past two weeks, a number of Republican lawmakers have accused Democrats of politicizing the Coronavirus. Some of those GOP Reps, like Florida’s Matt Gaetz, recently revealed they had been in contact with a man suffering from the coronavirus while attending the Conservative CPAC event.

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Some of these lawmakers have decided to self-quarantine themselves for a number of days. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, however, recently announced that he would not be quarantining himself despite contact he had with the man.

Gohmert said that he was simply following the advice of his Doctor. The Rep. tweeted, “Saturday night, I got a call from the House physician advising that I had possibly been exposed to the COVID-19 virus at CPAC on February 27th, and that a top CDC physician in Atlanta would call me to discuss what should be done going forward.”

The lawmaker continued, “After CDC physician called me Sunday evening, and we discussed all the specific circumstances of which he was aware along with my circumstances, including that I was and am asymptomatic, he said that all things considered, I was cleared to return to Washington.”

Gohmert finished, “He said he would return if he were me and advised that my staff and I should just be careful to observe proper hygiene protocols. I took the advice of the expert and returned to work. No one is panicking and we are observing the recommended precautions.”



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