03.11.20

Senator David Perdue Discusses Coronavirus On Columbus Radio

“The risk in the U.S. right now remains low, but authorities are not taking this lightly.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Wes Carroll on WDAK radio in Columbus to provide an update on the coronavirus after joining President Trump at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta last week.

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Highlights:  

Proud The CDC Is In Georgia: “We’re very blessed in Georgia to have the CDC housed in Atlanta. The visit with President Trump on Friday was enlightening…The CDC said they are now ahead of the game on testing. At the end of this week, Vice President Pence said we’ll have the ability to test 4 million people, and we’ve got about 1,000 presumptive cases in the U.S. right now. I’m very proud of the CDC for getting on this early.”

Presidential Task Force: “Vice President Pence has done a fantastic job leading the task force. He brought together all the national medical experts around him. We’ve been briefed frequently in the U.S. Senate by the Vice President, who did another update this week. The experts are doctors and physicians who are used to dealing with global viruses like this. This is not their first rodeo.”

Early Action: “What President Trump did early on was set travel restrictions and isolate people who had been exposed, and quite frankly, that bought us three or four months compared to Italy and South Korea in terms of dealing with this. Our numbers are much lower in the U.S. right now because of their early work.”

Tips For Staying Safe: “If you’re elderly or have a respiratory illness, use discretion and stay away from large crowds. Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently. Try to stay away from people who are sick, and if you are sick, stay home. If it feels like it’s getting serious, don’t rush to the emergency room right away but call a physician and get advice.”

Not A Political Issue: “This is what makes America different from every other country in the world. Americans are the best when it comes to a moment of crisis. I’m not saying this is a crisis yet at all, but we still try to take care of each other. That’s why, when people try to politicize this, I have no patience for it. This is not a political issue. It’s an American issue, and we’re dealing with it.”

Risk Remains Low: “The risk in the United States right now remains low…However, the authorities are not taking this lightly. We are preparing for the worst, but at the same time, we’re hopeful this virus will burn itself out before we see a dramatic increase in cases.”

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When Senator Perdue was elected, he was the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress. He is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Foreign Relations Committees