South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham has become the latest Washington, D.C. figure to quarantine himself following possible exposure to the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
The Hill reported that Graham made the decision after visiting President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida at the same time as Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro’s spokesman was later found to have been infected with the illness, and Fox News revealed on Thursday that the Brazilian leader himself has now possibly tested positive for it as well.
A statement released by Graham’s office specifies that while the senator “has no recollection of direct contact with the President of Brazil,” he still opted to undergo isolation, citing “an abundance of caution” as well as “the advice of his doctor.”
The statement went on to explain that the quarantine was “a precautionary measure” and that Graham “will continue to work from home.”
Graham’s decision come in the wake of similar moves by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL). Like Graham, Scott had recently visited Mar-a-Lago, while Cruz may have been exposed to the virus at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“My office was alerted today by the Brazilian Embassy that a member of President Bolsonaro’s delegation tested positive for Coronavirus,” Scott said on Tuesday.
“On Monday, I met with the President in Miami, and while I do not believe I interacted with the infected person, that individual was in the same room as me.”
Two other senators already isolated
Cruz chose to go into seclusion after it emerged that an attendee at CPAC was infected.
“I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy,” he tweeted last week. “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.”
“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 continued.
The Hill reported earlier in the week that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected calls to shut down Congress during a closed-door meeting. However, new restrictions on visiting Capitol Hill were unveiled yesterday, and they included a temporary ban on public tours.