In an audio clip exclusively provided to the blog Bleeding Heartland, U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suggested some draconian measures to keep track of coronavirus patients. According to him, the government should be able to obtain the personal information anyone infected with the virus.
“If we don’t know who is positive, then how do we know how to help them, pray for them, and how do we know not to visit them, for that matter,” King said on a call with constituents on of April 7.
“And so if we’re going to address this and eradicate this virus, then, if say in our neighborhood we don’t know who has it, we only see that maybe one person in the entire county has tested positive,” he continued. “And then no one knows who that is, or that’s supposed to know, according to the rules we’re living by today. And when that person is now recovered, we don’t know that either. I don’t think that we can make very good decisions without information.”
First, King wants to obtain patients’ age, their pre-existing conditions, their gender, “and then on down the line. What town they live in, what their address is, what their name is. If we had all of that, we could make good decisions.”