Christie speaks: Says he was wrong about COVID-19, promotes masks

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Chris Christie (R) on Friday pushed back on President Donald Trump's lukewarm attitude toward mask-wearing after he was hospitalized for coronavirus days after failing to wear a mask at several recent White House events.

"There was no contact tracing done with me", Christie said in response to George Stephanopoulos when asked about the White House's efforts on ABC's "Good Morning America".

Christie announced his positive diagnosis just a day after President Donald Trump announced his own positive test.

More than a dozen cases have been traced to the Rose Garden event on 26 September, including two senators, the White House press secretary and President Trump's former counsellor Kellyanne Conway. "Within 24 hours, I went from feeling absolutely fine to being in the intensive care unit". He thanked the manufacturer of Remdesivir, which is Gilead Sciences Inc., and Eli Lilly & Co. for its monoclonal antibody treatment.

In his first TV interview since contracting Covid-19, Mr Christie called on President Trump to encourage the wearing of face masks among Americans. However, he did point out, "No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others".

"Psychologically, when you're in isolation, in the intensive care unit, with nothing to do but think, that part of it is very hard", Christie said. "The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly". Trump is preparing for the first presidential debate with former Vice President and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden on September 29th in Cleveland, Ohio.

Christie said doctors kept warning him throughout his hospital stay that his condition could quickly take a turn even as he started to feel better. I was led to believe that all the people I was interacting with at the White House had been tested and it gave you a false sense of security, ' Christie said.

"Leaders, all across the politics, sports, the media, should be saying to people, put your masks on and be safe until we get a vaccine that could help to protect us", he said.

"It is something to take very seriously", Mr Christie said of the virus, which has killed more than 217,000 people in the U.S. to date. He has also been an inconsistent advocate for mask wearing, holding large rallies of thousands of people where many of supporters do not follow public health guidance to cover their face to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Republican also urged Americans to wear masks in public and chided elected officials who refuse to wear masks and who downplay the importance of social distancing amid a pandemic that has killed at least 216,000 people in the United States.



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