Why Congress should be much more worried about Covid-19 than they are

Over the last 48 시간, at least four House members and a US senator have tested positive for the 코로나 바이러스, seemingly part of the broader surge in cases across the country.

The overall reaction within the halls of Congress has been relatively ho-humparticularly among Republican lawmakers. This is a major mistake, especially when you consider what we know about the virustransmissibility and who it threatens the most.
What we know is this: The virus is relatively easily transmitted (평균적으로 a person with Covid-19 gives the virus to at least one other person) and it is particularly dangerous to the elderly. 오, and one more thing: It seems to spread far more quickly and easily indoors as opposed to outdoors.
지금, consider what we know about Congress:
    1) Most members spend their time indoorswhether in their offices or in the Capitol building.
    2) They are still conducting meetings among themselves.
    3) They are surrounded by lots and lots of staff.
    4) They are, speaking in generalities, very, very old.

    그 상황, then, is ripeVERY ripefor an outbreak. (And I didn’t even mention that lots of members are flying to and from their home states or home districts, further raising the Covid-19 risk.)
    And yet, the level of concern among members doesn’t seem to match the threat. Earlier in the week, Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan took offense when Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown asked him to wear a mask while presiding over the Senate chamber. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz jumped in to call Brown acomplete ass for making the request.
    The following day, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is 87 살이에요, announced that he had contracted the virus. (Another GOP senator, Rick Scott of Florida, is quarantining after being exposed to someone with the virus.) And despite the fact that Grassley had been in the weekly Republican conference meeting on Monday and interacted with his colleagues, other Republican senators seemed entirely nonplussed.
    He’s been great about wearing his mask and I think great about taking care of himself, and so I think he’s done everything he caneverything he could be expected to do to protect himself and the rest of us,” Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt told CNN.People catch this.
    Asked about whether any extra precautions would be taken following Grassley’s positive test, Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso told CNN: Not that I know of.
    Which is weird! Because Congressbased solely on the age of its membersis somewhere that Covid-19 could have devastating impact.
    According to the Congressional Research Service, 그만큼 average age of a senator in the 115th Congress is 61.8, while the average age of a House member is 57.8. “The average age of Members of the 115th Congress is among the highest of any Congress in recent U.S. 역사,” concludes a December 2018 CRS report profiling the members.
    Grassley, ...에서 87, isn’t even the oldest senator! That would be California Democratic Sen. 다이앤 파인 슈타인, who is 87 days older than Grassley. (They were both born in 1933!). Grassley and Feinstein are two of seven sitting senators over 80. The others are Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee). (Roberts and Alexander are retiring at the end of this Congress.) 미치 맥코넬, the current Senate Majority Leader, was just re-elected to a seventh term at 78 살이에요.
      간단히 말해서: This is not a young bunch! And according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight in 10 deaths related to Covid-19 have been among Americans 65 years of age or older.
      Congress has always been a petri dish. (Lots of people, lots of time spent indoors, etc.) But in a moment like this onewith coronavirus surging in nearly every state in the country and members of Congress falling illit feels as though the institution is failing to grasp the threat it is under. And that threat is very real.

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