The attack on the Capitol may have been a dangerous event, not just because of guns, but because of COVID-19 – Lawmakers may have contracted the coronavirus en masse during Wednesday’s riots.
Congressional physician Brian Monahan warned members of the House of Representatives that they could have contracted the coronavirus last week after evacuating from when Trump-supporting protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Monahan wrote that members of Congress could have been exposed to a coronavirus infection from another person after being evacuated to a “large committee hearing room.”
“Please continue your normal daily measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus,” Monahan said in an email. He also urged all lawmakers to get tested.
As of Wednesday, at least one House member – Republican Jake Lauterner of Kansas – announced that he tested positive for COVID-19, though again it is unclear whether he is the person with the coronavirus infection mentioned in Monahan’s email.