U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on Sunday self-quarantined after interacting with a CPAC political conference attendee who later tested positive for coronavirus.
Cruz said his contact with that individual “consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction,” he said in a statement.
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— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 8, 2020
He added that he did not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine because testing was not effective before symptoms manifest.
“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,” the senator said.
Cruz is one of the highest-profile Americans to undergo coronavirus self-quarantine since the United States reported its first COVID-19 case in late January.
The American Conservative Union political group on Saturday said the CPAC attendee who tested positive for coronavirus was receiving medical care in New Jersey.
“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,” Cruz said.