Texas Senator Ted Cruz Quarantines Himself After Shaking Hands With Coronavirus Victim

March 9, 2020
Ted Cruz

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Senator Ted Cruz announced Sunday that he would stay in Texas this week in a self-imposed quarantine after shaking hands with a person at last month's Conservative Political Action Conference who was later diagnosed with having coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cruz said he was making the move “out of an abundance of caution,” but that he's "not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy." Cruz said that, "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 says he will wait for a full 14 days since the end of CPAC before he returns to Washington, D.C.