The first U.S. senator to be diagnosed with the CCP virus said he wouldnt have been tested under current guidelines but that he got a test anyways because of a lung that was damaged by his neighbor years ago.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tested positive for the CCP virus, his office announced on Sunday. The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
In a statement Monday, Paul said he took the initiative to get tested even though he didnt think he had the new illness.
“Given that my wife and I had traveled extensively during the weeks prior to COVID-19 social distancing practices, and that I am at a higher risk for serious complications from the virus due to having part of my lung removed seven months ago, I took a COVID-19 test when I arrived in D.C. last Monday,” he said.
Paul noted that nearly every member of the 100-person body travels by plane multiple times per week and attends large gatherings, leading him to think his risk factor for exposure to the virus was similar to that of his colleagues. Referencing a fundraiser he attended in Kentucky on March 7, he said he had no contact or proximity to either of the two people who later tested positive for COVID-19 and that local police said public health officials were contacting those who were believed to be at higher risk from possible exposure.
Paul said he “didnt fit the criteria for testing or quarantine” and “had no symptoms and no specific encounter with a COVID-19 positive person.” His travel, together with his compromised lung, led him to seek testing.
He is still not showing symptoms of the virus, which are similar to the flu.
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