Five Texas Democrats contracted the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus after leaving their home state. The lawmakers traveled to Washington to starve Republican peers of a quorum needed for an election integrity bill’s passage.

A group of more than 50 state Democrats traveled together on multiple chartered planes to the nation’s capitol on July 12. They took selfies and were swiftly criticized for not wearing face masks according to Fox News.

They had fled the Lone Star State to thwart a second Republican bid to pass legislation that restricts the voting process for more reliable election results. They had already succeeded in blocking another bill in May, after orchestrating a mass walkout before the crucial deadline.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) fired back by promising to keep announcing special sessions until disobedient Democrats finally returned to the Lone Star State. Abbott insists the bill will make it “easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

Although the Texas House Democratic Caucus went to great lengths to conceal the identity of infected lawmakers, the Texas Tribune revealed two of them are Antonio state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer and Austin state Rep. Celia Israel.

Both lawmakers are either asymptomatic or have only experienced very mild symptoms. All five cases have since been classified as breakthrough infections.

Kamala Harris, who met with five Texas Democrats one day after they arrived in Washington, refused to be tested and quarantined. Spokeswoman Symone Sanders said the vice president, her staff, and all of the state lawmakers were fully vaccinated, according to Breitbart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is letting every fully immunized person skip testing and quarantine, even if they came in close contact with someone who tested positive and showed no symptoms. CDC also allows fully vaccinated people to skip testing and self-quarantine if they travel anywhere in the United States.

The more lethal and infectious Delta variant has been blamed for causing nearly 1,000 new infections a day across Texas, according to the Texas Tribune.

The jump in new infections has also resulted in more CCP Virus-related hospitalizations. On July 14, the state reported a total of more than 2,500 Texans have been hospitalized for the deadly disease.

Pfizer has offered to sell a booster dose, in addition to two other shots, for greater protection against the CCP Virus. The pharmaceutical giant claims the first two doses can wear off just six months after inoculation.

However, federal health officials reject this claim and invited Pfizer to provide more detailed scientific data to support its argument. The company had not released further information about its third dose at the time of publication.