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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who has an asymptomatic case of COVID-19, believes that wearing a face mask may have caused him to get COVID-19, according to The Blaze.
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert says wearing a mask 'most likely' caused him to contract the coronavirus https://t.co/zIQONx3cuO
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 30, 2020
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said that it was “most likely” wearing a face mask that led to his positive test for coronavirus.
Gohmert made the comments while being interviewed by Cynthia McLaughlin of KETK-TV on Wednesday.
“So you’re questioning the importance of wearing a mask once you are actually confirmed to have coronavirus, but it seems health experts are saying you should wear it even if you do not. Do you agree with that then, to protect yourself?” asked McLaughlin.
“There are an awful lot of people who think it’s a great thing to do all the time, but I can’t help but think that if I hadn’t been wearing a mask so much in the last 10 days or so, I really wonder if I would have gotten it,” responded Gohmert.
“But, I know, you know, moving the mask around getting it just right, I’m bound to have put some virus on the mask that I sucked in, that’s most likely what happened,” he added.
Of course, Gohmert will likely never know exactly where and how he picked up the virus. However, I do agree with him that when one wears a mask, there is a lot of unconscious touching of the face. I constantly find myself adjusting my mask, or lifting it so I can get a breath of fresh air. And, let’s face it, most people are not washing their face mask after each use!
Gohmert disputed allegations that he was tsk-tsked for not wearing a mask during congressional hearings this week.
“It is interesting, and I don’t know about everybody, but when I have a mask on, I’m moving it to make it comfortable,” he continued.
“And I can’t help but wonder if that, you know, put some germs in the mask, keep your hands off your mask,” Gohmert added.
“But anyway who knows, but um, now that I apparently have it,” he concluded, “I will be very careful not to give it to anybody else, and we’ll see how it goes. God bless you all.”
Here is Gohmert’s complete statement on his diagnosis with “Wuhan virus”.
My statement about today's diagnosis: pic.twitter.com/qvf7zIcgdN
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) July 29, 2020
We wish Representative Gohmert a speedy recovery and pray he remains asymptomatic.