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Ted Cruz quarantined himself after interacting with a COVID-19 patient

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Posted at 7:13 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 20:19:47-04

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has quarantined himself after being told he interacted with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

"Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake," Cruz said in a press release.

The senator has been working with the Houston Health Department, the Harris County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well his personal physician on the matter. He says he doesn't have any of the symptoms and the interaction with that patient was very brief.

"My brief interaction with the individual does not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine," Cruz said, "Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as a part of my job and to give everyone peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week."

Senator Cruz assured Texans to treat this outbreak seriously and to trust medical science officials such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

This comes after the U.S. Government passed an 8.3 billion emergency fund to fight the virus.