After contracting COVID-19, Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent seven days in an intensive care unit. Now he’s urging people to wear facial coverings as a result.
“The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly,” Christie told Good Morning America. “No one should be happy to get the virus. And no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others.”
Christie said his condition deteriorated over a 24-hour period. He went from feeling “fine” to an ICU at the hospital during time period. Christie tested positive for the virus earlier this month. He checked himself into Morristown Medical Center. Doctors administered the antiviral drug remdesivir and Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody combination therapy.
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Christie may have contracted the virus at the Sept. 26 Rose Garden event. President Donald Trump used the event to announce Amy Coney Barrett as his nomination for Supreme Court justice. Since the event, several attendees including both Christie and Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
In a video during the event, a by-stander captured Christie in close to proximity and hugging attendees. Few attendees wore masks or practiced social distancing.
Afterwards, Christie said he believed the event was “safe”. He also thought that the attendees had tested for the virus. Since then, Christie said he had been led into a “false sense of security.”
“I was wrong,” he said. “I was wrong to not wear a mask at the Amy Coney Barrett announcement. And I was wrong not to wear a mask at my multiple debate prep sessions with the President. And the rest of the team. I hope that my experience shows my fellow citizens that you should follow CDC guidelines in public no matter where you are and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.”
Since contracting the virus, Christie said he realizes the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing.
“Leaders, all across the politics, sports, the media, should be saying to people, put your masks on and be safe until we get a vaccine that could help to protect us,” he said.