Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThis week: Senate returns amid coronavirus pandemicHHS making 1K coronavirus tests available as senators return to DCTrump says there’s ‘tremendous’ testing capacity for returning senatorsMORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he doesnt need a face mask after having coronavirus, despite experts remaining uncertain about how coronavirus immunity functions.
The Kentucky senator told reporters at the Capitol that he has immunity after already contracting COVID-19.
I’ve already had the virus, so I can’t get it again and I can’t give it to anybody, he said.
When reporters asked him about reports that a newer strain of the virus could allow people to get reinfected, Paul responded, Thats not true.
I cant get it again, nor can I transmit it, he continued. So of all the people you’ll meet here, I’m about the only safe person in Washington.
Health professionals are unsure at this point whether people who have already contracted COVID-19 are immune to future infections of the novel coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended people wear face coverings in public spaces to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Several people who have tested positive for the virus have been asymptomatic.
Paul was the first senator to test positive for the virus in March. The senator, who is also a doctor, received criticism from other lawmakers and health professionals after reportedly using the Senate gym and pool while waiting to get his coronavirus test results.
His office said Paul left the Capitol IMMEDIATELY upon learning of his diagnosis, and went into quarantine on March 22.
The Kentucky Republican announced in April that he was volunteering at a local hospital after being cleared from the virus.
Jordain Carney contributed.