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Ted Cruz self quarantines after contact with coronavirus carrier, likely safe

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  1. patience_limited
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    Senator Cruz is one of the most despicable people in the U.S. government. He's so uniformly disliked by his colleagues that Senator Lindsey Graham (nearly as loathsome) once remarked, “If you...

    Senator Cruz is one of the most despicable people in the U.S. government. He's so uniformly disliked by his colleagues that Senator Lindsey Graham (nearly as loathsome) once remarked, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”

    Based on past performances, I wouldn't put it past him to wring every scrap of publicity and funding he can get from this crisis.

    I don't wish him harm, but I do wish that he was quarantined from coming anywhere near a legislative role.

    19 votes
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    dubteedub
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    Another member of Congress Paul Gosar has quarantined himself as well after attending CPAC and being in contact with at least one individual known to have Coronavirus. He has been in quarantine...

    Another member of Congress Paul Gosar has quarantined himself as well after attending CPAC and being in contact with at least one individual known to have Coronavirus.

    He has been in quarantine less than a day and is tweeting things like this:

    Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does.

    [Note, includes a picture of feudal japan warriors or some nonsense]

    https://twitter.com/DrPaulGosar/status/1237052471047892993

    Back in February Gosar also tweeted out this about the "Wuhan Virus" as he prefers to call it.

    For a moment I thought @realDonaldTrump created this virus in a secret lab in Wuhan. At least that’s how the hysterical Dems made it sound. Remember when Obama brought in Ebola patients. Good times.

    https://twitter.com/DrPaulGosar/status/1232844966055026688

    10 votes
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      dubteedub
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      Rep. Matt Gaetz, who recently wore a gas mask on the House floor to mock Coronavirus hysteria, just found out that he also came into contact with CPAC Patient Zero while on Air Force One and has...

      Rep. Matt Gaetz, who recently wore a gas mask on the House floor to mock Coronavirus hysteria, just found out that he also came into contact with CPAC Patient Zero while on Air Force One and has apparently secluded himself on a part of the plane whike in the air.

      Gaetz learned after Air Force One lifted off from Orlando that he had been in touch with an infected person at the CPAC, according to two people informed about the situation. He then essentially quarantined himself, sitting in a section of the plane alone. https://t.co/HmidIhnjQY

      https://twitter.com/sbg1/status/1237118450016964609

      So. Seems like Trump may have been possibly been put at risk himself.

      7 votes
      1. [2]
        Kuromantis
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        So the 1 in 1000 "there is no way this could actually happen" timeline is here and we could actually fall into it. I wonder what a president Mike Pence would look like, both as a trump replacement...

        So the 1 in 1000 "there is no way this could actually happen" timeline is here and we could actually fall into it. I wonder what a president Mike Pence would look like, both as a trump replacement and debater? I presume not very different, at least in the former. Also trump could just get the virus and live, death isn't guaranteed here, even for a 77-year old. That would mean no debates against anyone or the ability for anyone to come near him though.

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        1. moocow1452
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          Assuming his current doctor is of the same caliber that gave him a life expectancy of 200+, could he get a literal sick note for debates? Or could he hide a positive test as "a matter of national...

          That would mean no debates against anyone or the ability for anyone to come near him though.

          Assuming his current doctor is of the same caliber that gave him a life expectancy of 200+, could he get a literal sick note for debates? Or could he hide a positive test as "a matter of national security?"

          2 votes
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    Kuromantis
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    Props to him? I'm also surprised the virus has actually reached a person of power.

    Props to him? I'm also surprised the virus has actually reached a person of power.

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        Kuromantis
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        Oh. So this is actually quite serious then.

        Oh.

        So this is actually quite serious then.

        3 votes
        1. JoylessAubergine
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          More that they were comically/criminally incompetent. You had the deputy health minister holding a press conference while symptomatic! The minister of health had a closed parliamentary meeting and...

          More that they were comically/criminally incompetent. You had the deputy health minister holding a press conference while symptomatic! The minister of health had a closed parliamentary meeting and tested temperatures before the session, 3 people* were found to have elevated temperatures and so were asked to not attend and self quarantine... and they fucking declined and attended the session anyway.

          *Including Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani who was the one who "exposed" the high numbers of deaths in Qom and criticised the government for not doing enough to stop the spread of the virus.

          12 votes
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      Loire
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      Someone at CPAC tested positive. It reached a lot of people in power, including possibly the president and vice president.

      Someone at CPAC tested positive. It reached a lot of people in power, including possibly the president and vice president.

      9 votes
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        hungariantoast
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        The urge to make a rule-breaking comment grows How healthy is your average member of Congress? How healthy is Trump? I never considered the idea that these people, due to their demographics, might...

        The urge to make a rule-breaking comment grows


        How healthy is your average member of Congress? How healthy is Trump? I never considered the idea that these people, due to their demographics, might be especially susceptible to the virus. I wonder if that's true?

        8 votes
        1. [3]
          emdash
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          This paper which I read last night (ironically while I was at the A&E clinic for a non-COVID-19 related issue), Adjusted age-specific case fatality ratio during the COVID-19 epidemic in Hubei,...

          This paper which I read last night (ironically while I was at the A&E clinic for a non-COVID-19 related issue), Adjusted age-specific case fatality ratio during the COVID-19 epidemic in Hubei, China suggests a strong correlation between age and CFR, including a 9.4% chance of death for those who contract the virus between the ages of 60-69, rising to 20% for 70-79 year olds, and 36% for those 80 years and older.

          This doesn't address susceptibility, but it appears you're at a significantly greater chance of dying if you do contract the virus and you're a senior citizen. Given the age of Trump and many members of congress, I'd say there's a very likely chance of one or more of them dying if a significant number of U.S. representatives were to contract the virus.

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          1. patience_limited
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            It's strange - I was talking with one of my elder pool friends this morning, and she said, "I wish they'd stop making such a fuss about coronavirus. It's not worse than the 'flu for us; they used...

            It's strange - I was talking with one of my elder pool friends this morning, and she said, "I wish they'd stop making such a fuss about coronavirus. It's not worse than the 'flu for us; they used to call winter pneumonia 'the old man's friend' because you'd pass quickly and not linger in pain." I don't think that kind of pragmatic acceptance will be exhibited by any of our gerontocratic ruling classes, who seem to expect healthy immortality.

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          2. WinterCharm
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            Yeah. Here's a visual representation of that data in the paper: Note: Scale at the bottom stops at 25% (for fatalities and % of total population that fits these demographics). Personally I don't...

            Yeah. Here's a visual representation of that data in the paper:

            Note: Scale at the bottom stops at 25% (for fatalities and % of total population that fits these demographics). Personally I don't like this as it makes the data more misleading at a glance, so I'm pointing this out before you take a look, but in this case it does make the data easier to read/visualize.

            https://i.imgur.com/qMGXphI.png

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      2. Deimos
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        Pence was asked about this at their press conference today:

        Pence was asked about this at their press conference today:

        Amid questions about whether Pence and Trump had been exposed to a coronavirus patient at the CPAC 2020 conference last month, the vice president said that he had not yet taken a test. He added that he did not know whether the president had been tested, but would be sure to get an "answer from the White House physician very quickly."

        6 votes
  4. Kuromantis
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    It's been 15 days so it looks like he's safe. I guess that's one less off-chance to distract myself with.

    It's been 15 days so it looks like he's safe. I guess that's one less off-chance to distract myself with.

  5. andre
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    Thoughts + prayers

    Thoughts + prayers

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  6. bleem
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    dont want to break any rules and just say i "hope" he's safe

    dont want to break any rules and just say i "hope" he's safe

    2 votes