Fans are encouraging Katie Couric to self-quarantine after she revealed on social media that she saw the Head of Port Authority, Rick Cotton — who tested positive for coronavirus — over the weekend.
Tweeting out a link to the news that Cotton had the contagious virus, she wrote, “Rick Cotton is an old friend of mine. In fact I just saw him on Saturday for the first time in a long time. Feel better Rick.”
The tweet sparked comments like, “Um….maybe time to self-quarantine Katie….” and “Are they telling you that you need to quarantine? Stay safe and healthy!”
Couric, 63, then added, “Thinking of you, Rick. PS: We didn’t touch!”
According to the CDC, coronavirus or COVID-19 can spread “Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)” and “Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.”
The CDC also warns on the website that it’s possible the virus spreads through contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, but it’s not “thought to be the main way” it spreads.
Fans quickly let her know you don’t have to touch an infected person to get the illness.
“Do you think you have to touch someone to get the virus?” someone wrote. Another added, linking to the CDC, “You might want to brush up on how the CDC says the virus is spread. Wishing you good health!”
Over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continued to increase. By Monday, Cuomo announced the state has 142 cases.
Cotton, who worked as a lawyer at NBCUniversal for two decades, is working from home and under a 14-day quarantine.
Reps for Couric did not immediately return our request for comment.
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