Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman among lawmakers who tested positive for the coronavirus after…
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Reps. Jake LaTurner, Charles Fleischmann, and Brad Schneider, have also tested positive since the Capitol riots
A growing number of lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus since Trump supporters staged an insurrection on January 6 at the US Capitol. Currently, at least five lawmakers have said they are infected:

Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-KS)

Rep. Charles Fleischmann (R-TN)

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL)

All are self-isolating following their results. LaTurner said he is asymptomatic, while Fleischmann on Sunday said, "I currently feel okay." Watson Coleman's office said she is "experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms." Jayapal did not share whether she is experiencing symptoms in her announcement of her test results. And as of Tuesday, Schneider said, "I have not yet experienced symptoms."

These positive tests are a reminder of the importance of taking preventative action to guard against the coronavirus, and mask-wearing alone in crowded, indoor spaces with limited airflow isn't enough to prevent transmission — particularly if others who may be contagious refuse to wear masks. Research has suggested that mask-wearing by all parties in a given encounter could reduce the risk of spread by nearly 80 percent.

LaTurner tested positive the evening of the storming of the Capitol, suggesting he was infected prior to the insurrection; Fleischmann announced his results Sunday. Watson Coleman's results came Monday, while Jayapal and Schneider received theirs Tuesday. Fleischmann and all three Democrats discovered they'd been infected days after being sequestered with other lawmakers and Hill staffers in a crowded safe room amid the attack.

As Punchbowl News reported, many Republican lawmakers in the safe room — including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andy Biggs, Scott Perry, Michael Cloud, and Markwayne Mullin — refused to wear masks despite the crowded conditions, even when Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester offered them.

As seen in a video shared by Punchbowl, Blunt Rochester's efforts were met with derision…
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