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From NBC News:

Rand Paul becomes first known senator to test positive for coronavirus

Paul tweeted that he “is feeling fine and is in quarantine.”

March 22, 2020, 10:51 AM PDT / Updated March 22, 2020, 1:00 PM PDT
By Allan Smith

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday became the first known senator to test positive for COVID-19.

“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19,” Paul’s account tweeted. “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.” …

Paul’s diagnosis has triggered a discussion about whether senators, many of whom are in older age brackets, should go home immediately or self-quarantine, given their likely contact with Paul, who Paul was on the Senate floor extensively over the last week.

That’s created fresh uncertainty about how Congress can finish and pass emergency coronavirus legislation, on which Democrats and Republicans are still struggling to reach a deal.

As I said ten days ago, all legislative bodies need to vote themselves emergency powers to vote remotely, and I’m guessing they should vote to allow subordinate bodies to do the same: e.g., state legislatures should vote now to suspend laws requiring city councils in their state to, say, only legislate face to face in meetings open to the public.

Paul suffered lung damage as a result of having his ribs broken during an altercation with a neighbor in 2017. Last year, he had part of his lungs removed in surgery.

I wish him well.

 
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  1. wren says:

    In the article it says “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,”

    I still am not clear on this.

    If he has tested positive, but is asymptomatic, won’t he still be contagious, even after the (two week, I’m assuming) quarantine period ends?

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Alice
    , @Another Canadian
  2. Charon says:

    Good God. I do hope Beyoncé is safe.

  3. Lot says:

    Paul was at an event March 7 in Louisville with two confirmed cases.

    Many other attendees went into self quarantine circa March 15 as a result, but Dr. Paul got on airplanes and hit the Senate gym

    https://amp.courier-journal.com/amp/5054435002

    https://www.wdrb.com/news/louisville-mayor-u-of-l-president-to-self-quarantine-after/article_a116078c-6707-11ea-a25e-c71997f8a6d4.html

    • Thanks: Dissident
  4. IHTG says:

    • Replies: @Roderick Spode
  5. J.Ross says:

    Wow, sure is wierd that a famous senator would get randomly physically altercated by a neighbor. It would be even wierder if it was an attack and not some abstract more mutual thing, and the wierdest of all would be if the neighbor was tied to The Unelected Government and was specifically trying to intimidate Senator Paul for political reasons. But that can’t have happened because this is America. Famous powerful guarded people just keep falling down right on their left eye because of global warming. That’s probably why the neighbor altercation happened, like in Day of the Animals (must-see performance by Leslie Nielsen).

  6. PaceLaw says:

    Sounds like Rand had a hell of an altercation with his neighbor back in 2017. Geesh! I don’t recall hearing about that at all.

    In looking it up, the neighbor only got 30 days in lock up, which seems pretty light for such an attack.

  7. Hmm, so the least interventionist and least pro-deep state member of the Senate is the first to get infected. Just sayin’.

  8. trelane says:

    No doubt been skiing

  9. Anonymous[196] • Disclaimer says:

    Merkel also diagnosed. Let’s see how many others in both governments. The spread function of this virus is weird.

    Rand Paul had a very difficult recovery from the assault by the psycho neighbor. This will be another huge challenge looks like.

    • Replies: @e
  10. It couldn’t be one of the Senate blowhards, could it.

    Given how politicised the US General & Admiral staff have become, will we even notice when they take over for CoG purposes? Time to exercise the JEEP.

  11. Corvinus says:

    We should wish everyone well who contracts it on a speedy recovery. But what is missing here is that after Senator Paul took his Covid-19 test, he apparently went to the Capitol gym that is not closed, worked out where I imagine House and Senate members frequent, and then swam in the pool there.

    As a physician he ought to know better, right? Why did he choose not to follow the pandemic protocols that require self-quarantine while awaiting word for the results of his test?

  12. Lugash says:
    @trelane

    There’s a travel related infection from a Nebraskan who traveled to Colorado, who then infected a family member. It’s probably a ski-trip but can’t find anything definitive online.

  13. Anon[216] • Disclaimer says:

    Rand Paul used the Senate gym and swimming pool right before getting the positive COVID-19 test result.

    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Az.) blasted reports that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attended the Senate gym and swam in the pool while awaiting his COVID-19 test results, which later came back positive.

    “I’ve never commented about a fellow Senator’s choices/actions. Never once.This, America, is absolutely irresponsible,” Sinema tweeted. “You cannot be near other people while waiting for coronavirus test results. It endangers others & likely increases the spread of the virus.”

    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/488921-sinema-criticizes-paul-for-alleged-behavior-ahead-of-coronavirus-test-results

  14. e says:
    @PaceLaw

    The neighbor was/is a “resistor” and the judge was probably an Obama butt licker.
    There was serious damage done to Paul’s lung.

  15. Anonymous[196] • Disclaimer says:

    What are some examples of mass infection events?

    I can’t think of any indoor event mass infections except for the Diamond Princess cruise ship where only 20% of the ship was infected under presumably ideal virus conditions.

    Obviously there was Kirkland nursing home but that is an outlier case. Think the patients housed there all double jeopardy co-morbidity cases…

    I don’t think there is a mass outdoor mass infection on record.

    Lots of doubt circulating now on the internet about supposed asymptomatic spread. Might have been another bad early assessment of this virus.

    CPAC should’ve been a mass spread event but nothing happened even though the same gregarious mover & shaker guy was an early infection of the New Rochelle outbreak?

    Also AIPAC was another mass event with documented infections but nothing widespread. That incident went quiet like CPAC.

    Why the fizzle?

    • Replies: @Alice
    , @SFG
  16. e says:
    @Anonymous

    My understanding as of this morning is that Merkel is in quarantine because the doctor who gave her a pneumonia vaccine tested positive for co-vid 19.

    Are you saying she was tested and is positive?

    • Replies: @Enochian
  17. Lot says:

    Timeline:

    Museum Event, Speed Museum’s Speed Ball: March 7.

    Two confirmed cases announced March 15, both high profile philanthropists, Mary Moss Greenebaum and Christy Brown.

    Many attendees self quarantine, but not Rand Paul

    March 18: Wife of the mayor of Louisville who also attended diagnosed, 3rd attendee, Paul still doesn’t self quarantine or get tested.

    https://t.co/umsRSiR7jE?amp=1

    March 18: Paul gives speech on Senate floor

    March 19: Paul gives an interview on ONN. Stands about 2-3 feet from reporter and looks sweaty and feverish to me:

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  18. donut says:

    I am so sick of hearing about Kung Flu I’ll probably die from that before I even meet anyone who actually has it . This BS is just another excuse to suspend civil liberties in the name of security .

    • Agree: Federalist
  19. Daniel H says:

    Paul’s account tweeted. “He is feeling fine

    This is the important thing to take from the story.

    This is a con, people. A con.

  20. Corvinus says:

    Thanks for the timeline, Lot.

    So, Mr. Sailer, what day you about Senator Paul’s behavior? Do you not think this revelation deserves your NOTICING?

  21. “as a result of having his ribs broken during an altercation with a neighbor”

    Oh, I see, “during an altercation”, not an assault. Shots rang out. Mistakes were made. The “streets” claimed another aspiring rapper. Everybody is equally to blame, once you really think about it. Nice neutralizing of language.

    These people have no shame whatsoever, and will use even the most trivial chance to distort reality, to score another cheap point for the anti-reality crusade.

    We aren’t going to be able to keep on sharing a country with these swine.

  22. @Corvinus

    …and then swam in the pool there.

    Pools are full of chlorine. That was the excuse they made for Greg Louganis.

  23. anon[132] • Disclaimer says:
    @PaceLaw

    Sounds like Rand had a hell of an altercation with his neighbor back in 2017. Geesh! I don’t recall hearing about that at all.

    Libtard suffering from acute TDS attacked libertarian Senator, what’s newsworthy about that? Do you recall the Democrat mental case who shot up the Republican softball team one morning with a rifle? Most people don’t. Because the MSM played it down hard. For some reason or other, it’s a total mystery.

    In looking it up, the neighbor only got 30 days in lock up, which seems pretty light for such an attack.

    Just another odd coincidence. Nothing to see there, citizen. Nothing to Notice. Move along!

    • Replies: @PaceLaw
  24. anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @wren

    An absence of symptoms doesn’t pause a timer or anything on how long it takes for the body to clear the virus. Two independent things. He has the virus and his body is fighting it all the same– he simply doesn’t have a fever/wheezing/etc.

  25. @PaceLaw

    It’s a disgrace that Paul’s assailant got such a light sentence. I assume the judge was inclined to be lenient with him for political reasons.

    • Replies: @snorlax
  26. @Corvinus

    “As a physician he ought to know better”

    Sources?

    • Thanks: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Corvinus
  27. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    Mitt Romney just announced he’s quarantining himself.

    It would be wrong for me to imply that I hope Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi gets the virus, so that they would actually die by their own globalist sword. Consequently, in deference to good manners, I will abstain.

  28. Alice says:
    @wren

    they keep you quarantined til you’ve tested negative twice

    • Thanks: wren
  29. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.

    Makes you wonder what the false positive rate for this test is. Should everyone who has traveled a lot recently be tested now? Seems like airplanes and airports are a significant vector for the spread of the condition.

  30. @wren

    His quarantine won’t end until he has two consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart.

    • Thanks: wren
  31. snorlax says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Arthur Bremer, Squeaky Fromme and John Hinckley Jr. are all free to move about the country. Sirhan Sirhan, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez and that guy who mailed the obviously-fake “pipe bombs” remain incarcerated.

    • Thanks: MBlanc46
  32. “An altercation”. Is that we’re calling the vicious assault and battery committed on Paul by a psychotic neighbor?

  33. @Lot

    Lot, Rand Paul is a patriot. He’s just trying to get the ball rolling on my excellent advice:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/rich-skiers-step-up-to-sa-lets-get-the-data/#comment-3784343

  34. Paul’s diagnosis has triggered a discussion about whether senators, many of whom are in older age brackets, should go home immediately or self-quarantine, given their likely contact with Paul, who Paul was on the Senate floor extensively over the last week.

    No, no, no and no!

    We need our wise and benevolent Congresspeoplex out and about investigating this in hospital ICUs, nursing homes, Chinatowns and ski lodges.

    You are our leaders. We need you to get out there and get the facts!

  35. Geez, an “altercation.” Was this like all the “altercations” between blacks and Asians lately?

    Who knew you could break your ribs having a “noisy argument?”

  36. Alice says:
    @Anonymous

    because the infection rate appears to be < 5%, though how much less is hard to determine. look at the test stats for your state. how many negatives have they had? why? tests are in short supply, mostly rationed, and you can't even get a test unless you meet criteria like came into contact with other infected person, have symptoms, and already tested neg for flu. even then approx 95% of tests are coming back negative.

  37. SFG says:
    @Anonymous

    Jews are famously paranoid about health and sickness (Jackie Mason was a great observer of human differences), so if they all went home and showered and washed off it might have cut the transmission from AIPAC.

    CPAC…beats me.

  38. eah says:

    … Paul was on the Senate floor extensively over the last week.

    OK, that’s expected, he works there — more importantly: how/where did he acquire the virus? — what is the probability of a false positive with the test for COVID-19?

    This web site (unz.com) has hosted a number of articles speculating about the origin of COVID-19, including whether or not it was developed and used as a bioweapon (e.g. by the US against China) — but as an epidemiological phenomenon, the alleged/reported extremely rapid geographic spread of this virus, especially over the last 2 – 3 weeks, seems absolutely unprecedented to me, and a comprehensive epidemiological study/explanation of this is badly needed.

    ?

    • Agree: sayless
    • Replies: @eah
  39. Most who get the bug are fine. That’s why Tom Hanks will be back to making anti-White movies soon. He’ll be playing the dopey Good Doggie White guy who kindly sacrifices his children’s future for a pat on the head from a person of color.

  40. J.Ross says:

    Joe Biden’s campaign’s official explanation for why he has not been seen lately is that his house has abnornally low ceilings, which interfere with the lighting of videos. Who bets he’s dead?

  41. Bugg says:

    Senator Mitt Romney is in quarantine. There are going to be some fatalities, so between a good guy like Rand Paul and a vulture capitalist scumbag like Romney, we can hope. Bust out artist Romney spent the better part of the 1990s selling US manufacturing overseas and only now thinks this is a problem. Back then, he had no problem with any of that post NAFTA stupidity as long as he got his 30 pieces. While I voted for Romney, in retrospect as awful as Obama was Romney would have been worse.

  42. Harry is a huge fan of the Dr.’s Paul for all the reasons y’all are…
    I hope he remains asymptomatic and recovers quickly…
    And his hair…

    Regards,
    Harry

  43. @PaceLaw

    He had two attempts on his life in 2017, the other being the leftist attack on a Congressional softball practice that fortunately only saw Steve Scalise wounded. The attack by Paul’s neighbor received very little coverage (including on Fox News) and more mockery and wishes for ill health than anything. It was really sick that the media goes into hysterics over cryptic, vague statements by Trump and Republicans over defeating opponents but either ignore or mock elected officials violently assaulted

  44. anon[346] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    Lol, whut? Don’t just drop that without a linky, c’mon, share the comedy gold!

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  45. BenKenobi says:
    @J.Ross

    Not sure about Onion-Belt Joe but when was the last time the projected hologram of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was seen in public?

  46. @J.Ross

    That, or he’s regaling everyone with how he survived The Great Mortality.

  47. PaceLaw says:
    @anon

    Yeah, I live in the DC area, so I definitely remember the Democrat nut case who shot up the Republican softball team. I do agree that that matter was pretty much politely swept under the rug by the MSM.

    As to the 30 day sentence for Rand’s assailant, pretty much have to agree with your take!

  48. @trelane

    They have blonde thotties in Alpe d’Huez as well!

  49. Corvinus says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Lol. Rand Paul is a doctor.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/theweek.com/articles-amp/493531/rand-paul-real-doctor

    He was briefed as a Senator about Corovirus protocol.

    Don’t you read the news?

  50. Well… time for a voice of reason…

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-nobel-laureate-predicts-quicker-210318391.html

    Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: ‘We’re going to be fine’

  51. @Corvinus

    You’re only saying that because he is white, just have to note that. Whites are being disproportionately impacted by this virus, as they were during the black plague…just like the opioid crisis. Continued disenfranchisement of historically vulnerable groups, your bigotry is breathtaking.

    smh.

  52. danand says:

    “Senate leaders were scrambling Tuesday to pass coronavirus legislation as quickly as possible, but Sen. Rand Paul put a damper on those plans, two leadership sources told NBC News.

    Senators were heading toward a vote on the package — which would include provisions for free coronavirus testing, secure paid emergency leave, enhance unemployment insurance, strengthen food security initiatives and increase federal Medicaid funding to states — but they had to slam on the brakes because of an amendment Paul proposed.

    McCaskill: Rand Paul should act like a grownup, stop ‘outrageous’ hijack of Senate

    The sources said Paul is forcing a vote on his amendment, which would “require a social security number for purposes of the child tax credit, and to provide the President the authority to transfer funds as necessary, and to terminate United States military operations and reconstruction activities in Afghanistan.””

    Wish for a complete recovery for Dr. Paul, hope he recovers soon, and that he did not infect others.

  53. @Corvinus

    Why do you hate white people so much? And for whatever it’s worth, if you feel so strongly, what are you going to do about it? Sit behind your comfortable keyboard, or are you going to write the Commonwealth of Kentucky Med Review Board (however they name it) and demand he be investigated?

    When are you going to get serious, and act upon your comments? SO much talk, no action. When are bigots like you going to come out in the open?

    Personally our family will be praying for the senator, and praying, yes, even for our enemies (like you) who hate us for our Christian beliefs- Jesus predicted these things, as did the Book of Revelation (revealed). Be baptized and repent.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  54. Charon says:
    @Corvinus

    WHOOSH…as usual

    • Troll: Corvinus
  55. Hibernian says:
    @PaceLaw

    The assailant was a “brother” doctor. Wonder what’s happening with his license? Probably nothing. Can you imagine having that guy as your doctor? And this happened in Kentucky.

  56. JimDandy says:
    @PaceLaw

    Liberal Trump hater blindsided him and broke his ribs.. It really fucked his lungs up, too. I hope that doesn’t still exist as a comorbidity.

  57. Enochian says:
    @e

    pneumonia vaccine

    Smart. Secondary infection by bacteria that cause pneumonia is killing a lot of coronavirus victims.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  58. Thomas says:
    @PaceLaw

    The sentence was overturned by the Sixth Circuit, who ruled it was “substantively unreasonable” and remanded the case back for re-sentencing. The prosecution had sought 21 months.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rand-paul-attacker-appeals-court-orders-resentencing-rene-boucher/

    Also, Sen. Paul got a $583k judgment against the assailant, forcing him to sell his house to the Senator.

    • Replies: @Sam Haysom
  59. Mr. Anon says:
    @Enochian

    Smart. Secondary infection by bacteria that cause pneumonia is killing a lot of coronavirus victims.

    I’ve heard that but haven’t seen anything concrete. Do you have any citations for that?

  60. BB753 says:

    Once you allow remote voting, won’t citizens realize that they don’t need middlemen, i.e. representatives, in this day and age and that both houses are totally obsolete? We can’t have that!

  61. Corvinus says:
    @OscarWildeLoveChild

    “You’re only saying that because he is white, just have to note that.”

    I’m saying it because Senator Paul engaged in reckless behavior.

    “Why do you hate white people so much?”…”When are bigots like you going to come out in the open?”

    So you draw this conclusion merely because I have the audacity to point out the audacious behavior of Senator Paul? Wow, just wow. Recalibrate your frontal lobe and get back to us.

    “And for whatever it’s worth, if you feel so strongly, what are you going to do about it?”

    I contacted my cousin who lives in Kentucky. He was enraged, and he is going through the proper channels. Are you of the belief that what Senator Paul was acceptable given what we know about Covid-19 transmission?

    “Personally our family will be praying for the senator…”

    We ALL pray for anyone who contracts the virus. But I will also throw in a prayer that he repents for his sin of not properly following through coronavirus protocols, by which he put other people’s health at risk.

  62. eah says:
    @eah

    For example, how is something like this possible? — what would an honest epidemiological investigation reveal? — kaum zu glauben.

  63. Senator Rand Paul infected by Steve Sailer.

    Punctuation is powerful.

  64. @Thomas

    I think that was just an ambiguous sentence. I think he only sold his house that is next to the senator not that he sold his house to the senator.

    • Replies: @Sean
  65. Sean says:
    @Sam Haysom

    The neighbor is a MD himself, and an ahem ‘pain specialist’. Damage to the ribs only hurts when you breath . Weinstein also had an operation, on his back after a car crash not long before his trial. It obviously takes a long time to fully recover from surgery. Ewald was expressing concern about coronavirus-12 taking an extended vacation in Chinese detention camps and coming back on steroids in October. How many are in US prisons again?

  66. Dissident says:
    @Corvinus

    Why did he choose not to follow the pandemic protocols that require self-quarantine while awaiting word for the results of his test?

    This would indeed appear to be the most salient question here. I am disturbed that the only ones here who appear to recognize this are the two of us and perhaps Lot.

    As a physician he ought to know better, right?

    Shouldn’t anyone who is minimally informed know better than to act as recklessly as Senator Paul would appear to have done? Should hardly require having a medical degree.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  67. Corvinus says:
    @Dissident

    And the pertinent question remains why Mr. Sailer chose not to bring attention to those facts. He seems to focus more on vapid NYT female authors about their hair and nails rather than something critically important.

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