Two Democratic lawmakers said they had tested for COVID-19 after taking shelter without masked members of Congress during the US Capitol siege last week.
News drive: Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) Announced early Tuesday that she was “locked in a protected room on the Capitol, where several Republicans not only brutally refused to wear a mask, but also recklessly mocked colleagues and officials who offered it to them.” .
- Hours earlier, spokeswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (DN.J.) tweeted that she had decided to take a coronavirus test after last week’s events, “including a shelter with several colleagues who refused to wear masks.”
- “She believes she was exposed during protective isolation at the Capitol building in the United States as a result of insurgent riots,” her office said in a statement from the 75-year-old cancer survivor.
Why it matters: According to Jayapal, they were in a “crowded room” during a pandemic, “creating a super-spreader on top of an internal terrorist attack.”
- A Capitol doctor in the United States has warned that lawmakers may have been exposed to someone infected with the coronavirus while hiding from a pro-Trump mob.
- Many members of Congress are in age groups and other categories that put them at higher risk of dying or suffering from a serious coronavirus-related illness.
For the record: Watson said he was home and resting. “As long as I experience mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in a good mood and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents,” she tweeted.
- Jayapal said he was isolating himself but would continue to work and “will not rest until I do my best to remove this president from office,” blaming President Trump for the Capitol uprising in the United States.
Editor’s note: This article is updated with new details all the time.