Senator Ted Cruz Had Interaction With COVID-19 Sufferer at CPAC
The GOP has spent much of the last few weeks claiming that Democrats were blowing the coronavirus epidemic out of proportion. Congressman Matt Gaetz went as far as wearing a gas mask during a vote to fund people suffering from the virus.
The Republican stance on the seriousness of the coronavirus took a hit this week when it was revealed that an attendee of the CPAC conference was suffering from the disease. After learning that he interacted with this person at the conference, Texas senator Ted Cruz has released a statement.
The senator said in a 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.”
.@SenTedCruz says he was exposed to someone with coronavirus during CPAC. Feels fine, showing no symptoms. He has not been tested & doesn’t meet standard for self-quarantine pic.twitter.com/aSLVfV37Vc
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) March 8, 2020
Cruz continued, “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.
The Texas lawmaker ended by stating, “I am not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy. Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period if 5-6 days, that the interaction was 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.”