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FAA chief self-quarantining after shaking hands with congressman who tested positive for coronavirus


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Steve Dickson will self-quarantine for a week after contact with Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartScalise to self-quarantine in response to Diaz-Balart test Utah Democrat becomes second lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus MORE (R-Fla.), who on Wednesday became the first member of Congress to announce that they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

An FAA official told CNN that Dickson had a “brief interaction” at a House subcommittee hearing with Diaz-Balart on March 11, including a handshake, and will “self-quarantine and work remotely for seven days to ensure he is symptom-free 14 days after contact with the congressman.”

Dickson is not currently displaying any symptoms of the virus, the official said, and while the disease can manifest without symptoms, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say testing is not necessary for people without symptoms.

“The smart and constructive thing for me to do is stay home,” Dickson said, adding that he is feeling well, according to Reuters.

Dickson is the latest figure to self-quarantine after Diaz-Balart’s positive test. House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseScalise to self-quarantine in response to Diaz-Balart test Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus Top GOP post on Oversight draws stiff competition MORE (R-La.) announced Wednesday evening he will also self-quarantine.

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah), meanwhile, also announced he had tested positive Wednesday.

Several members of Congress have already self-quarantined after exposure to a person at the Conservative Political Action Conference who later tested positive, including Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzScalise to self-quarantine in response to Diaz-Balart test Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus Assistant House Speaker self-quarantines out of ‘abundance of caution’ MORE (R-Fla.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarScalise to self-quarantine in response to Diaz-Balart test Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus Trump, GOP ‘dog whistle’ over coronavirus inflames anti-Chinese rhetoric online: analysis MORE (R-Ariz.) and Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsScalise to self-quarantine in response to Diaz-Balart test Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus Assistant House Speaker self-quarantines out of ‘abundance of caution’ MORE (R-Ga.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzScalise to self-quarantine in response to Diaz-Balart test Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus Cory Gardner to self-quarantine MORE (R-Texas).



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