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Biden says he has not been tested for coronavirus: I’ve had ‘no symptoms’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, said Tuesday he has not been tested for COVID-19 or experienced any symptoms. 

CNN host Jake Tapper asked the former vice president during an interview if he had been tested for the coronavirus. 

“Have you been tested for the coronavirus?” Tapper asked Biden.

“I have not been tested for the coronavirus. I have had, thank God, no symptoms that I’m aware of,” Biden told Tapper. 

Federal government officials have recommended that those who do not have symptoms of the virus not ask for a test because of a shortage of testing kits. However, several lawmakers who may have been exposed to the virus have been tested. 

At 77, Biden is in a high-risk group that is more vulnerable to the virus, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. 

“The good news is that, thank God, at least what I’ve been told by the doctor, I have no underlying conditions that would complicate my circumstance,” Biden said. 

Biden, at home in Delaware, said he is following the governor’s recommendations by “staying in place” and not gathering at large events. 

As a precaution, anyone who comes in and out of the house, including Secret Service, must wear a mask, he said. 

Biden also said he’s keeping his distance from his younger grandchildren, per recommendations.  

“Every day, they walk over through the woods and through a neighborhood, and they sit out in the backyard, and we sit on the porch, and I bribe them with ice cream,” Biden said regarding his grandchildren. “We talk about the day and we hang out, but I’m not able to go down and hug them and kiss them. I’m just following the instructions.” 

Biden has halted his campaign events amid the pandemic. 

He addressed voters from his home in an address Monday, and his campaign said Biden will begin broadcasting regular briefings about the coronavirus outbreak.

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