Coronavirus Infections Reach Politicians, who tend to be older and not disposed to ‘social distancing,’ making them prone to falling ill— as many have

From the WSJ:

The spread of coronavirus through the halls of government marks an acute challenge for institutions that—by their very nature—are more vulnerable to the virus. Many heads of state and lawmakers are in their 70s and 80s, an age group that has had a heightened rate of mortality from the virus. They are also accustomed to working in groups to hash out legislation and cast votes, potentially depriving them of what health experts consider a first-line of defense: social distancing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has vowed to keep Congress open to lawmakers and the public, and said she wouldn’t change their schedule because they need to pass legislation to help the country. Members of both chambers of the U.S. Congress are set to depart at the end of this week for a weeklong recess.

“We are the captains of the ship. We are the last to leave,” Mrs. Pelosi told lawmakers on Tuesday, according to an aide in the room.


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