Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. speaks in Miami, Friday, June 16, 2017, where President Donald Trump announced a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. cash to the country’s military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Breaking news that one of the members of Congress who had been self-quarantining after being exposed to the Wuhan coronavirus has now tested positive.
I'm feeling much better. However, it's important that everyone take this seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times. pic.twitter.com/g5W5vSQIyH
— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) March 18, 2020
New: Florida GOP Rep. Mario Diaz Balart says be is positive for #COVID19 the first member of Congress to reveal they tested positive.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) March 18, 2020
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), 58, has been quarantining himself since Friday in Washington, D.C. so as not to expose his wife who he says has pre-existing issues which would put her at higher risk. or anyone else.
He developed a fever and a headache on Saturday but today he said that he was feeling a lot better so he may turn out to be one who has it in milder way, which is the case for most of the people who get it. However, it’s much more dangerous for those who have pre-existing conditions and/or the elderly.
From Fox News:
The virus has already affected others on Capitol Hill, which remains closed to visitors. Two congressional staffers have been infected by the virus, and some prominent politicians have self-quarantined at both the state and federal levels.
“However, it is important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus,” he said. “We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.”
Lawmakers have increasingly practiced social distancing amid the outbreak. Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and several other members of Congress announced they would self-quarantine after they had possible exposure to the virus.
We’re glad to hear that he’s feeling better.
Sadly, albeit predictably, his announcement was met by a host of folks on the left (bots?) who called it “karma” and repeated the false claim that Republicans had called it a hoax.
Pro tip? If you’re doing that, you’re a garbage human being and you really need to look in your soul and re-evaluate.