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  • Christie told ABC’s “Good Morning America” he made a mistake by not wearing a mask during the Amy Coney Barrett announcement in the White House Rose Garden and during his debate prep with President Trump.
  • “I was led to believe that all the people I was interacting with at the White House had been tested, and it gave you a false sense of security, and it was a mistake,” Christie said during the interview.
  • “No matter what you’re doing, you should have a mask on and you should try to remain socially distant from folks,” Christie said.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has a message for all Americans after recently being hospitalized for COVID-19: wear a mask. 

Christie is one of several people with ties to the White House who became infected with COVID-19 around the same time as President Trump earlier this month. The former governor announced he tested positive on Oct. 3 and was admitted into a hospital after a doctor recommended he do so due to his weight and asthma. 


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He spent seven days in the ICU while battling the disease and received an antibody treatment in combination with the antiviral medication remdesivir. Christie has since been released. 

Christie told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday he made a mistake when he failed to wear a mask during the Amy Coney Barrett announcement at the White House Rose Garden — which was described as a “superspreader event” by the government’s top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci — and during his debate prep sessions with President Trump. 

“I was led to believe that all the people that I was interacting with at the White House had been tested and it gave you a false sense of security, and it was a mistake,” Christie said during the interview. 

“I was doing it right for seven months and avoided the virus. I let my guard down for a couple days inside the White House grounds and it cost me in a significant way.”

The former governor went on to urge Americans to wear masks, saying there’s no downside to donning the face coverings. 

“I think no matter what you’re doing, whether you’re at a rally for your preferred candidate, whether you’re out at the supermarket, whether you’re at a protest, no matter what you’re doing, you should have a mask on and you should try to remain socially distant from folks,” Christie said. 

The comments from the former governor comes after President Trump is again questioning the effectiveness of masks in protecting against COVID-19 transmission. 

Trump falsely claimed during a campaign rally and during his televised town hall on NBC Thursday night that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found 85 percent of people who wear masks catch the virus. The report from Sept. 10 had found that dining out raised the risk of infection more than other social activities. 

The CDC recommends the use of cloth masks or face coverings when it isn’t possible to stay at least 6 feet away from others in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19. 


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Published on Oct 16, 2020