This should be all the more reason for people to get vaccinated, and wear masks and take precautions. Because they’re not going to get the treatment he’s [Greg Abbott] getting. — Dr. Aruna Subramanian, an infectious-disease doctor at Stanford Medicine
This should be all the more reason for people to get vaccinated, and wear masks and take precautions. Because they’re not going to get the treatment he’s [Greg Abbott] getting. — Dr. Aruna Subramanian, an infectious-disease doctor at Stanford Medicine
Crowded Events. No Masks. Then a Coronavirus Diagnosis for Gov. Abbott of Texas.
In recent days, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas commemorated the anniversary of India’s independence with a crowd in his office. He mingled with hundreds of Republican supporters at a packed campaign event. He posed with the brother of the famed guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Photographs from the events show that few of those who met with the governor wore masks, and neither did Mr. Abbott, who has prohibited local governments from mandating them.

So when Mr. Abbott tested positive for the coronavirus this week, Texans began questioning the circumstances that may have led to his infection and the efforts to identify those who may have been in close contact with the governor, who was fully vaccinated.


... In its announcement on Tuesday, Mr. Abbott’s office said the governor, 63, is tested daily and began receiving monoclonal antibody treatment after his positive result. The treatment is used to help prevent hospitalization and is usually reserved for those who have compromised immune systems or other underlying conditions, or those older than 65.

Mr. Abbott’s age alone would place him at greater risk for progression to severe Covid-19, said Dr. Jessica Justman, an infectious-disease specialist and epidemiology professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. That Mr. Abbott is paralyzed from the waist down — he was injured by a falling tree in 1984 and uses a wheelchair — adds medical complexity because it increases the risk of other infections, she added.

... His aides also would not provide Mr. Abbott’s schedule or describe his activities in recent days. Hours before his positive test, however, Mr. Abbott spoke before a crowd of several hundred people in a small golf and retirement community north of Dallas called Heritage Ranch. The governor could be seen in images posted by his campaign speaking on a stage and shaking hands with members of the local Republican club.

It was not immediately clear what efforts had been made to identify and quarantine those who were in close contact with the governor. His office referred questions back to its statement on Tuesday, which said all of Mr. Abbott’s close contacts “today” had been notified.

... The use of monoclonal antibodies before any symptoms develop is not unusual, though, said Dr. Aruna Subramanian, an infectious-disease doctor at Stanford Medicine. “It is really meant for people who are not yet in the hospital to prevent hospitalization,” she said. “The earlier you get it, the better.”

But, she added, the level of testing and treatment received by Mr. Abbott is not typical. “This should be all the more reason for people to get vaccinated, and wear masks and take precautions,” she said. “Because they’re not going to get the treatment he’s getting.”
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