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U.S. Rep. Moulton in self-quarantine after symptoms arise

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U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton and his wife will be in self-quarantine at least until this weekend as they recover from symptoms consistent with the coronavirus-caused COVID-19, Moulton announced Wednesday.

Moulton said he began feeling unwell last Thursday — a low grade fever, tightness in the chest "to a degree I've never felt before," a sore throat, body aches and unusual fatigue — but had already begun working from home and avoiding contact with others. He said his wife, Liz, has shown similar symptoms but their 18-month-old daughter, Emmy, has not.

"I will follow my doctors' direction and continue to stay home and self-quarantine until I hit seven days after my symptoms started to improve and I do not have a fever for 72 hours," Moulton said. "Unless my symptoms take a turn for the worse, that would be this Saturday. This applies to Liz, as well."

The congressman, 41, said he decided to call his physician at the VA and the U.S. House's attending physician in the last 24 hours when it began to look like "the House of Representatives might be called back in the coming days to vote on key legislation, requiring me to travel back to Washington and potentially infect other people."

But Moulton said he is not able to be tested to know for sure whether he has COVID-19. He said the House's doctor told him that "because the symptoms are minor and a test would not change my treatment protocol, my wife and I don't qualify for tests."

The Salem Democrat said he is "steadily improving and even went for a run yesterday, carefully keeping my distance from others" but could miss some key House votes and wanted constituents to understand why. He said he will make his feelings on any measures the U.S. House takes up publicly known ahead of the vote.

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