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Senator Rand Paul Has Recovered From Coronavirus And Is Now Volunteering At A Hospital

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By Clark Sparky

Two weeks after revealing he'd tested positive for the coronavirus, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he has fully recovered. He made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday and added a photo that shows himself volunteering at a local hospital.

"I appreciate all the best wishes I have receive," Paul tweeted. "I have been retested and I am negative. I have started volunteering at a local hospital to assist those in my community who are in need of medical help, including Coronavirus patients. Together we will overcome this!"

PopCulture.com has more details on where he's volunteering:

Paul, who was a physician before coming to the Senate, is volunteering TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Senate is currently on break, allowing Paul he time to volunteer. Mike Sherrod, the hospital's CEO, said that the senator's presence is "lifting the spirits of patients and our colleagues." He added that "we appreciate Senator Paul and his support in recognizing our healthcare workers and providers at TriStar Greenview for their unwavering response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

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The news of his positive COVID-19 test was announced on March 22 with a statement from the senator's office.

"Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19," the statement read. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with an infected person. He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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