Republicans Ted Cruz and Paul Gosar voluntarily self-quarantine after coming in contact with coronavirus patient at CPAC 2020

Republicans Ted Cruz and Paul Gosar voluntarily self-quarantine after coming in contact with coronavirus patient at CPAC 2020
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Worldwide, the coronavirus epidemic has killed more than 3,800 people, 22 of them in the United States. And while the U.S. has yet to see the type of regional quarantines that have been enacted in parts of Italy, some Americans have volunteered to quarantine themselves — including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, both of whom decided to take that precaution after shaking hands with someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Republicans shook hands with that coronavirus patient at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which was held in Maryland from February 26-29. Neither Cruz nor Gosar, according to Axios, has experienced any symptoms so far.

Cruz explained, “Given that the interaction was ten 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. 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.”

Gosar, meanwhile, said that he was with the coronavirus patient “for an extended period of time” at CPAC and that they “shook hands several times.”

Around the world, cases of coronavirus have been reported in more than 100 countries. In Europe,  Italy has been hit especially hard: the Italian government has placed the entire region of Lombardy under lockdown and has quarantined 16 million people. At least 366 deaths from coronavirus have been reported in Italy as of March 9.

In Iran, 237 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported.

The U.S. hasn’t been hit nearly that hard, although deaths from coronavirus have been reported in three states: 18 in Washington, one in California and two in Florida.

Prominent Republicans who spoke at CPAC 2020 included President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence.

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