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Analysis: Why Congress should be much more worried about Covid-19 than they are

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The U.S. Capitol building is seen reflected in a puddle in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Over the last 48 hours, at least four House members and a US senator have tested positive for the coronavirus, seemingly part of the broader surge in cases across the country.

Earlier in the week, Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan took offense when Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown asked him to wear a mask while presiding over the Senate chamber.

The following day, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is 87 years old, announced that he had contracted the virus.

Asked about whether any extra precautions would be taken following Grassley's positive test, Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso told CNN: "Not that I know of. "

According to the Congressional Research Service, the average age of a senator in the 115th Congress is 61. 8, while the average age of a House member is 57. 8.

(Lots of people, lots of time spent indoors, etc. ) But in a moment like this one -- with coronavirus surging in nearly every state in the country and members of Congress falling ill -- it feels as though the institution is failing to grasp the threat it is under.

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