A 3rd Democratic U.S. lawmaker introduced a optimistic check 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, workers and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence had been threatened by pro-Trump rioters storming the legislative constructing.
“Sadly, I believe we’ll see extra circumstances of members of Congress and their workers testing optimistic within the days forward,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown College’s Faculty of Public Well being, advised MSNBC on Tuesday. “It is one of many penalties of that horrible day final week.”
U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman introduced their optimistic check outcomes on Monday and blamed Republicans for refusing to put on masks whereas remoted for hours in shut quarters. Each mentioned they’re quarantining.
On Tuesday, Consultant Brad Schneider introduced that he had additionally examined optimistic.
“I’m now in strict isolation, frightened that I’ve risked my spouse’s well being and offended on the selfishness and vanity of the anti-maskers who put their very own contempt and disrespect for decency forward of the well being and security of their colleagues and our workers,” Schneider mentioned in a press release.
U.S. lawmakers who refuse to put on masks within the Capitol ought to be fined and instantly faraway from the chamber’s flooring, Jaypal added.
Watson Coleman, a 75-year-old most cancers survivor, mentioned she was awaiting outcomes from a extra complete check after her fast COVID-19 check got here again optimistic.
The attending doctor for Congress, Dr. Brian Monahan, warned on Sunday that the roughly 200 individuals, together with some lawmakers and workers, who hid collectively for hours in a closed room might 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 keeping with a Reuters eyewitness.
Well being officers have warned the assault might turn out to be a serious spreading occasion, not solely amongst lawmakers but additionally nationwide as members of the principally maskless crowd who rampaged in and across the Capitol traveled residence from Washington.
The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and out of doors scientists say correctly worn face masks might 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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