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Ted Cruz had contact with coronavirus patient at CPAC, staying home for few days

Cruz says he has no symptoms, but will remain at home in Texas until 14 days after the encounter took place

Sen. Cruz, Jan 31, 2020
Sen. Cruz, Jan 31, 2020
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Updated: March 8, 2020 - 8:45pm

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz revealed on Sunday that he encountered a person at CPAC who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. He said their engagement involved a handshake and short conversation.

The Senator says he is not experiencing symptoms, but will remain at his Texas home until 14 days after the CPAC contact occurred.

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"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," Cruz said in a statement.

"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," the statement continues. 

"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." 

"The physicians further advised that testing is not effective before symptoms manifest, and my brief interaction with the individual does not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine," Cruz's statement explains.

"The medical authorities explicitly advised me that, given the above criteria, the people who have interacted with me in the 10 days since CPAC should not be concerned about potential transmission," Cruz says, noting that he will stay at home in Texas just to be safe. 

"Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as a part of my job and to give everyone peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction."

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