Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) released the below statement after voting “Yes” on H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
“I voted ‘yes’ today to provide an additional $7.8 billion to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus strain. I’m hopeful this funding will help America better prepare for and reduce COVID-19 fatalities that will otherwise occur should we not do everything we can to combat this highly contagious and once-in-a-century disease.”
“Each week I attend Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Department of Homeland Security briefings on the COVID-19 outbreak. One message has been clear: no one knows for sure how far COVID-19 will spread nor what its fatality rate will be. There is simply too much uncertainty and educated guessing at this point. It does not help that COVID-19 statistics from two of the most impacted countries, Iran and China, cannot be relied on or trusted to be true.”
“The good news once was that COVID-19, with its projected 2% fatality rate, did not appear to be as fatal as pandemic outbreaks of the past few decades (SARS, MERS, or the like). The bad news is that the World Health Organization yesterday announced a 3.4% fatality rate, which would make it worse than both SARS and MERS.”
“The American people should take precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19. This is particularly true for those with weakened immunity systems. Those precautions mirror what most of us already do to avoid contracting the flu. Precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are:
- 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.”