Sen. Ted Cruz has issued a statement revealing that he had interacted with an attendee at last month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
He will now stay home for two weeks, placing himself in voluntary quarantine.
"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.
"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 said.
Cruz says that he doesn't meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for self-quarantine, because of the brief contact but adds that the 14-day isolation is to give others "peace of mind."
"Everyone should continue to treat this outbreak seriously and be driven by facts and medical science. We need to continue to be proactive in mobilizing resources to combat this outbreak—including the $8.3 billion in emergency funding we provided last week—and I encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC and other health professionals in protecting their own health and welfare, as well as the health and welfare of those around them," Cruz said.