Why Rand Paul did not isolate himself despite testing positive for COVID-19?
With many people getting infected by Coronavirus, Rand Paul became the first senator to have tested positive for COVID-19. He tested positive for Coronavirus on 22nd March 2020.
He revealed the news through his Twitter and wrote,
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19,”
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020
Similarly, his account had more,
“He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. Also, he was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”
His account user-added,
“He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time,”
His chief of staff clarified that he decided to go for the corona test after he attended an event where two individuals subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, even though he wasn’t aware of any direct contact with either one of them.
Why Rand Paul did not isolate himself?
Even though Rand Paul tested positive for COVID-19, he continued working at the Capitol because he had no symptoms of the illness. He revealed that he did not have direct contact with anyone who tested positive for the virus or was sick.
He refused to self-quarantine along with his colleagues. Many people did not like his decision. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Tweeted that his decision to return to the Capitol before he learned the test results was absolutely irresponsible.
Likewise, Sen. Martha McSally agreed to Sinema’s Tweet. Martha commented,
“As we ask all Americans to sacrifice their livelihoods and alter their behavior to save lives, we must ourselves model appropriate #coronavirus behavior. No one is too important to disregard guidance to self-quarantine pending test results.”
After all those talks about his wrong decision to not self-quarantine, he defended himself. To his defense, he said that Senators have to travel frequently and attended large gathering so the risk of coronavirus exposure is the same as his colleagues as many staff was already tested positive.
Paul further said,
“For those who want to criticize me for lack of quarantine, realize that if the rules on testing had been followed to a tee, I would never have been tested and would still be walking around the halls of the Capitol,”
Paul Rand’s married life
Paul Rand married freelance writer Kelley Paul. They walked down the aisle on 2o October 1990. Together they have three children.
Their children are William, Duncan, and Robert. Their son Duncan and William attended the University of Kentucky whereas Robert educated from a private school in Washington, D.C.
Source: CNN, ABC, NBC News