Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) announced Wednesday he suspects wearing a face mask could have contributed to his later diagnosis of COVID-19.
In an interview with KETK-TV, Gohmert who tested positive for coronavirus ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump at the White House, said he may not have tested positive were it not for a possibly contaminated face mask.
“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?” a reporter asked.
Gohmert answered, “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.”
“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.”
In an update posted to Twitter Wednesday, Gohmert said he was showing no symptoms of the “Wuhan virus” and said reports of him being “admonished” for not wearing a mask during the Bill Barr hearing on Tuesday were false.
My statement about today's diagnosis: pic.twitter.com/qvf7zIcgdN
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) July 29, 2020
He also repeated his thoughts that wearing a mask for nearly ten days straight may have led him to contract the virus.
“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 and I can’t help but wonder if that put some germs in the mask, keep your hands off your mask.”
In another rebuff of liberal talking points, Gohmert said in an interview with Hannity Wednesday he plans to take the highly-criticized anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine to treat the disease.
“So zinc, erythromycin, and hydroxychloroquine,” Gohmert told Hannity, “and that will start just in the next day or two.”
Gohmert added, since he was asymptomatic, he might never had learned he had coronavirus had Trump not invited him to the White House.
“He [Trump] called me from Air Force One on the way home tonight and I said … ‘Mr. President, if you would not [have] invited me to go with you to West Texas, I would never have known I had the coronavirus,’” Gohmert said.
“That’s what I got tested for it and then I found out I had it.”
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Who is behind the #Masks4All? What did we learn about the cloth masks in 1918? Are masks, even N95, spreading disease?
The masks don’t work. The covid molecule in smaller then the openings in the mask. The other thing they don’t tell you, you exhale carbon dioxide, which some stays in the mask. You breath it in. Carbon dioxide is bad for the human body. Long term it causes brain damage.
Congressman Gromert is absolutely correct.
Wearing a face-mask of the simple “surgical” type, does virtually NOTHING to protect the wearer – scientific fact ! It is worn in an effort to protect OTHER persons around the wearer FROM the wearer ! Any Operating Room will clearly confirm this is why the Doctors, Nurses, Surgeons and Anaesthetists plus everybody else contributing to the ORs’ workings, can be seen wearing “Surgical Masks” !
ONLY specific very close-fitting and HEPA-type filter masks offer any degree of protection to the WEARER.
Because the discomfort caused to the wearer makes it almost impossible to NOT frequently adjust the position of the mask, surgical masks should NOT be worn again and again – as ALL contamination does indeed build up posing an ever-increasing risk to the wearer – they are designed as DISPOSABLE – SINGLE-USE items ! Stick to the rules and you won’t go far wrong !!
My commisserations to the Congressman on becoming covid-19 +ve – You have declared you will be on the Hydroxychloroquine regimen – ignore the Naysayers – it IS a GOOD and TRUSTWORTHY treatment regime having seen many thousands of patients worldwide successfully recovered as a result of its efficacy 🙂