Representative Matt Gaetz was one of the few politicians who are now placing themselves into self-quarantine who had close contact with President Trump. The scare of the spreading coronavirus is having everyone on edge, including politicians. Since Gaetz was spotted aboard Air Force One with President Donald Trump, everyone is starting to panic again.
But Gaetz is not the only politician who is self-quarantining. Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Doug Collins are among a few others who came in contact with patients who contracted the coronavirus. The choice to go into isolation is strictly up to them as they see it fit to be a responsible way to not spread the virus.
Representative Doug Collins was in a meeting with the President at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Both were seen shaking hands on the tarmac.
It seems the world is calling for a stop to having any human contact with one another over this virus. If the world took the same treatment with the flu, maybe we wouldn’t have over 10,000 deaths in America. But who’s counting right as compared to the 22 deaths from the coronavirus?
None of the lawmakers are saying they show or feel any symptoms of the virus. They are doing everything out of precaution, and folks are wondering what about President Trump? President Trump also shows no signs or symptoms of the virus, and it’s “business as usual.”
Monday, President Trump and his task force team battling the coronavirus appeared for a press conference in the White House. After the President spoke, he did not take any questions from reporters, but they grilled Vice President Mike Pence.
With the President meeting and greeting everyone, the first question they asked was if the President or Pence was tested for the coronavirus. Pence told the reporters he was not tested and cannot speak for the President. Pence stated, “I honestly don’t know the answer to the question. We’ll get you an answer form the White House physician very quickly.”
President Trump continuously is giving rides to lawmakers on Air Force One. They travel from Washington, DC to the state they live in.
President Trump made it clear he is not going to make any changes to his daily routines due to the virus epidemic. No further commenting was made from the White House on this issue.
One of the ways the virus is said to spread is through handshakes. Someone close to the President who is addicted to using hand sanitizers and drenching his hands in it told Fox News Trump stated he cannot find a polite way to not shake hands with someone.
Trump was at the Town Hall last week in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he said, “You can’t be a politician and not shake hands. The bottom line is, I shake anybody’s hand now. I’m proud of it.”
The big scare came from the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland last month when Collins and Gaetz were in direct contact with a patient who tested positive for COVID-19.
Matt Schlapp, who is the chairman of the group, confirmed he was also with the person who tested positive at the event. It was also noted, President Trump had his picture taken with Schlapp shaking hands at the event.
When Representative Collins said he received word through CPAC of the contact made with the coronavirus patient, he made the decision then and there to isolate himself.
Collins said, “While I feel completely healthy and I am not experiencing any symptoms, I have decided to self-quarantine at my home for the remainder of the 14-day period out of an abundance of caution.”
Gaetz posted a tweet on Twitter, he too received the same information from the CPAC. He wanted to post he had been in contact with the patient so that others who came in contact with him can get tested.
Critics attacked Gaetz for being on the House floor wearing a gas mask when he found out there was a possibility he may have the virus. Journalists were there to catch Gaetz getting on board Air Force One with the President. Since Gaetz had already posted, he had close contact with the patient, the news spread like wildfire.
A spokesperson stated on Gaetz’s behalf over Twitter, “While the Congressman is not experiencing symptoms, he received testing today and expects results soon. Under doctor’s usual precautionary recommendations, he’ll remain self-quarantined until the 14-day period expires this week.”