The Chinese coronavirus is now touching every aspect of American life.
No one seems to know how bad things will get or when the nation will turn the corner in the fight against what President Trump calls an “invisible enemy.”
And things just got worse when Rand Paul made a coronavirus announcement that stopped Washington in its tracks.
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul became the first Senator to test positive for the Chinese coronavirus.
Senator Paul’s office announced the diagnosis on social media.
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.’ Paul’s statement continued, “He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.”
Senator Mitt Romney announced he would place himself in quarantine even though he felt no symptoms because he sat in close proximity to Senator Paul during a luncheon.
After Paul made the announcement the fake news media began circulating false stories that Paul worked out in the Senate gym and swam in the pool despite knowing he tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus.
The Senator’s office promptly knocked down this timeline of events.
Paul’s office tweeted that, “We want to be clear, Senator Paul left the Senate IMMEDIATELY upon learning of his diagnosis. He had zero contact with anyone & went into quarantine. Insinuations such as those below that he went to the gym after learning of his results are just completely false & irresponsible!”
Paul and Romney announcing they would place themselves in quarantine brought the total number of Republicans in self isolation to five.
That meant Republicans Senate majority narrowed from 53-47 to 48-47.
All Americans were thankful to hear that Senator Paul was asymptomatic and feeling fine.
And they were also glad to hear that Senator Romney was not showing any symptoms.
But U.S. Senator testing positive for the Chinese coronavirus showed Americans that this “invisible enemy” could creep into even the highest levels of power in the United States.
While the case fatality rate in the United States is just over 1 percent, it does not mean that Americans should not regard the virus as a threat.
Americans with pre-existing health conditions – even younger Americans – are at risk of suffering a serious case of infection or even dying if they contract the Chinese coronavirus.
There are serious debates about government ordered lockdowns to combat the virus and if destroying the economy is worth the benefit to public health.
But what Senator Paul’s announcement made clear is that there is no debate that Americans should be vigilant in practicing good hygiene and taking whatever steps they can to help stop the spread of this virus.
Conservative Revival will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.