“If I had a restaurant I’d have a whole wing for senior citizens or for anybody who is worried about getting sick, and I would say all my servers have already had it,” Paul (R-Ky。) told the audience. “If I had a cruise ship, I’d hire everybody, no exceptions, everybody would’ve had the infection that works on the boat.”
Paul argued that people who have contracted and survived the coronavirus, as he has, develop an immunity to reinfection – although scientists and doctors are unsure about that claim.
“We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 can protect someone from getting infected again or, if they do, how long this protection might last,” the 疾病预防与控制中心 says in a coronavirus FAQ on its website.
“Is it perfect? Do I know I’m immune forever? 没有,” Paul admitted. But if immunity does work, he argued, it could be used “to our advantage” in “all kinds of ways.”
“This was a completely government-inflicted nightmare and depression, and it won’t be over until we open the economy,“ 他说.
He also noted that N95 masks are more protective than cloth masks against the spread of the coronavirus and encouraged people to be smart about taking care of themselves.
“I have a good friend, who was a doctor, two years older, and she died in our community,“ 他说. “So it can be deadly.”
Paul was speaking at an early voting rally in Chesterfield, where he voiced support on behalf of Nick Freitas, a Green Beret and Iraq war veteran who is vying to represent the state’s 7th Congressional District, currently held by Democratic Rep. 阿比盖尔·斯潘伯格.
“He’s seen combat, but knows that war is the last resort not the first resort,” Paul said of the candidate.