The Conservative Political Action (CPAC) conference’s attendee who tested positive for the novel coronavirus is making ‘steady progress’ with their health and is recovering, according to the Daily Caller.
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp announced Tuesday that he received “great news” about the attendee’s recovery and told the public to continue to pray for those facing the disease.
“Great news. Our @CPAC attendee who came w Corona is making steady progress back to health in NJ. Let’s all keep those facing this health challenge in our prayers,” Schlapp tweeted.
Great news. Our @CPAC attendee who came w Corona is making steady progress back to health in NJ. Let’s all keep those facing this health challenge in our prayers.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) March 10, 2020
Schlapp on Monday told Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” night that of 10,000 people who attended the CPAC conference, nobody got sick despite the presence of the infected individual.
“In this case, there was nobody with any symptoms at any time, nobody got sick because he [the infected person] was there,” he said. “We had 10,000 people in a ballroom and no one got sick, even though the virus was there.”
Since the event, five Republican officials including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.), Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz), and incoming White House chief of staff Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) have self-quarantined after they came in contact with the attendee. On Tuesday, Gaetz confirmed that he tested negative for the virus.
The White House said on Monday that President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who spoke at the CPAC conference, were not in close proximity to the attendee.
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has been reported to have spread without symptoms present. Health officials have recommended people who believe they have been exposed to the virus to stay quarantined during its 14-day incubation period.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus increases with age, starting at age 60 and it’s especially lethal for those with pre-existing health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and other serious underlying conditions.
The CDC recommended people who are over 60 or with underlying conditions to stock up on medications, household items, and groceries to stay at home and avoid “nonessential travel, such as long plan trips.”
Since originating in Wuhan, China, back in December, the virus has already spread to 119 countries. In the United States, more than 1,000 confirmed cases and 31 deaths across 37 states were reported so far.