The globe is in a bit of a panic as of late thanks to a novel and deadly strain of coronavirus that is currently spreading outward from the far east.
The strain, designated as COVID-19, seems to have first been detected in humans in Wuhan, China, possibly after being transferred from bats or snakes at a local wildlife market.
COVID-19 is now a global near-pandemic, with more and more Americans facing possible exposure every day.
That even includes our elected officials.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in a statement on Sunday that he had been exposed to a CPAC attendee who tested positive for coronavirus.
Cruz said that he is currently not experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus and that he plans to stay at home until he has waited a full two weeks since he was exposed to coronavirus at CPAC.
“Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake.
“I have consulted with medical authorities from the Houston Health Department, the Harris County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as my personal physician. I have also spoken with Vice President Pence, Leader McConnell, and Mark Meadows.
“I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy. Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and that I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low.”
So far, coronavirus cases in the US have been few and far between, with a majority of the deaths within America coming from a compromised population of elderly folks in the Pacific Northwest.