Coronavirus: First US senator tested positive

Coronavirus: First US senator tested positive

The first US senator to get tested positive for the novel coronavirus is Kentucky Republican Rand Paul. On Sunday afternoon, all other senators decided to self-quarantine. Trump tweeted, "My friend (always there when I've needed him!), Senator @RandPaul, was just tested "positive" from the Chinese Virus. That is not good! He is strong and will get better. Just spoke to him and he was in good spirits".

The official page of Rand Paul's office tweeted updating that he was feeling fine and was tested out of an abundance of caution. However, with the news comes the aggression among other senators and aides as they believe Paul did not do justice to self-quarantine earlier and for potentially exposing senators to the coronavirus.

Talking about where did Paul actually caught the infection, just a couple of weeks ago, Rand Paul attended a major black-tie social event in Louisville, Kentucky, where several attendees have been tested positive, including the wife of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. Probably, he got the virus as he was present at the event.

After learning the news, Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, who was also at the event, announced they would be self-quarantining. The risk is, even more, greater as Paul was in the gym and in the swimming pool with colleagues the past week. The officials are consulting doctors about appropriate measures for those who have been in contact with the senator.

The statement was released -"All the senators are going to seek medical advice as to what action we should take to make sure that we don't in any way spread this virus ourselves. We had lunch together with Rand, and hope he's doing very well, but we have to determine whether any of us should self-quarantine as a result of being in the same room."

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