United States Senator Ted Cruz just shook up Washington with a stunning announcement: he will go into self-quarantine over fears of the coronavirus.
Ted announced on Twitter that he is self-quarantining himself after learning he came in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 at CPAC.
Many other top politicians in Washington attended CPAC and many others attended AIPAC – both conferences have confirmed an attendee tested positive for the virus.
Ted says he is doing this out of an abundance of caution and he currently shows no symptoms.
In the statement he released on Sunday, Cruz said the interaction happened 10 days ago and he hasn’t experienced any symptoms.
He said he held a brief conversation with the individual and they also shook hands.
“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,” Cruz said in the statement.
Cruz said he consulted with several medical authorities and “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.”
Cruz said that even though the threat is low since he interacts with his constituents so ofter, he decided to remain at his home until 14 days have passed since the interaction. He said that the people who have interacted with him in the last 10 days “should not be concerned about potential transmission.”
He said he made the decision “to give everyone peace of mind.”
Today I released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/XGXEa4ozcg
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 8, 2020