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Lead House impeachment counsel tests positive for coronavirus

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The former lead counsel for the House Intelligence Committee during President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Daniel Goldman tweeted on Sunday that his test for COVID-19 came back positive, report CNN and the Hill.

He said in tweets and in a Skype interview with MSNBC that he is feeling much better now. He had symptoms of what felt like “a medium-strength flu”—with a fever, headache and cough—for about three days, he said. Now his wife is showing symptoms.

Goldman told MSNBC he began showing symptoms the day he returned from a trip to London. He wasn’t allowed to be tested, however, because he didn’t have contact with a person known to have COVID-10 and he wasn’t admitted to the hospital, he said. He was told to self-quarantine, but his family did not need to do so.

The New York resident finally drove to a curbside clinic in Connecticut to be tested.

Goldman said he went public with his diagnosis because there are a lot of misconceptions that COVID-19 tests are readily available.

“Because I did not knowingly come into contact with a ‘known positive,’ docs said my family could go about their business. But we can’t know if people are positive if they can’t get a test!” he tweeted.

According to the Atlantic, most Americans still can’t get tested for the coronavirus. “While the most stringent federal guidelines are gone, a chaotic patchwork of rules now governs who can and cannot get a COVID-19 test,” the publication reports. “In many states, symptomatic patients still cannot get tested for the coronavirus unless they meet certain limited criteria—even if their doctor wants to test them.”

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