Rand Paul said today…

I did not quarantine while awaiting a coronavirus test because I did not meet the criteria for quarantine. In fact, I did not meet the current criteria for even being tested, much less quarantined.

I have not had an encounter with anyone that health officials recommended quarantining or testing.

I took the test because my wife and I had traveled extensively during the weeks prior to COVID-19 social distancing practices, and I am at a higher risk for serious complications from the virus due to having part of my lung removed seven months ago.

I did attend Louisville’s Speed Art Museum charity ball on March 7. Unlike the other Kentucky government officials there, I had zero contact or proximity with either of the two individuals who later announced they were positive for COVID-19. The event was a large affair of hundreds of people spread throughout the museum.

The Metro Louisville Communicable Disease department announced that “those who public health officials consider at higher risk from possible exposure are being notified,” according to the museum’s director, Stephen Reily.”

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Fables become reality

I am reminded of the fable “The Emporer’s New Clothes“. As a child, I was amazed about how the Emporer’s staff let him parade around naked to his subjects until a babe pointed out the truth.

The ruse that the tailor told to the Emporer was that only the very sophisticated people could see the clothes played on people’s vanity. In reality, it takes a truly self-aware person to realize their failings and that they may know everything or that they have made a mistake.

Today with this Coronavirus spreading unchecked in the United States I am reminded of this parable and hope that as a society we take a hard look at the emperor’s new clothes and see them for what they are, smoke and mirrors.

When there are no tests, then there is no pandemic.