A 3rd Democratic U.S. lawmaker introduced a optimistic take a look at for COVID-19 after being locked down for hours with different colleagues, together with Republicans who didn’t put on face masks, to keep away from the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol.
The publicity added one other worrisome consequence following Wednesday’s assault on Congress, when lawmakers, employees and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence had been threatened by pro-Trump rioters storming the legislative constructing.
“Unfortunately, I think we’re going to see more cases of members of Congress and their staff testing positive in the days ahead,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, advised MSNBC on Tuesday. “It’s one of the consequences of that horrible day last week.”
U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman introduced their optimistic take a look at outcomes on Monday and blamed Republicans for refusing to put on masks whereas remoted for hours in shut quarters. Both stated they’re quarantining.
On Tuesday, Representative Brad Schneider introduced that he had additionally examined optimistic.
“I am now in strict isolation, worried that I have risked my wife’s health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency ahead of the health and safety of their colleagues and our staff,” Schneider stated in a press release.
U.S. lawmakers who refuse to put on masks within the Capitol needs to be fined and instantly faraway from the chamber’s ground, Jaypal added.
Watson Coleman, a 75-year-old most cancers survivor, stated she was awaiting outcomes from a extra complete take a look at after her speedy COVID-19 take a look at got here again optimistic.
The attending doctor for Congress, Dr. Brian Monahan, warned on Sunday that the roughly 200 folks, together with some lawmakers and employees, who hid collectively for hours in a closed room could have been uncovered to the coronavirus.
He didn’t present additional particulars.
A handful of Republicans within the room didn’t put on masks, in accordance with a Reuters eyewitness.
Health officers have warned the assault may turn out to be a significant spreading occasion, not solely amongst lawmakers but additionally nationwide as members of the largely maskless crowd who rampaged in and across the Capitol traveled dwelling from Washington.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and out of doors scientists say correctly worn face masks may also help scale back the unfold of the extremely contagious infectious illness together with different precautions, however their use has turn out to be a political flashpoint.
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