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Can you be criminally charged or sued if you have coronavirus and still leave home?

“They need to clarify and modernize our laws to give prosecutors the power to hold those accountable those who knowingly put others at risk,” Palm Beach County Prosecutor Dave Aronberg said.

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With the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increasing daily, many are wondering if a person can be criminally charged or sued if they think they have coronavirus, but still socialize with other people, possibly spreading the virus.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a physician, is the latest person to go to public places while waiting for a coronavirus test, including the U.S. Senate gym and pool.

There's also the case of a St. Louis dad who took his daughter out and got his positive test results while they were out and a passenger on board a JetBlue flight to West Palm Beach, Florida, who told the crew after they were in the air of his positive result. An ambulance and masked crews met the plane.

JetBlue has since banned that passenger from flying their airline for life.

“They need to clarify and modernize our laws to give prosecutors the power to hold those accountable those who knowingly put others at risk,” Palm Beach County Prosecutor Dave Aronberg said.

Hear more from Aronberg by watching the video above.