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, employees and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence have been threatened by pro-Trump rioters storming the legislative constructing.
“Sadly, I believe we’ll see extra instances of members of Congress and their employees testing optimistic within the days forward,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown College’s College 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 stated 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 indignant on the selfishness and conceitedness 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 employees,” Schneider stated in a press release.
U.S. lawmakers who refuse to put on masks within the Capitol must 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 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 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.
Well being officers have warned the assault may develop into a significant 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 may also help cut back the unfold of the extremely contagious infectious illness together with different precautions, however their use has develop into a political flashpoint.
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