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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a statement Thursday he spent seven days in an intensive care unit before recovering from COVID-19, detailing the severity of his case and urging people to take the pandemic seriously.
"Having had this virus, I can also assure those who have not had it of a few things. It is something to take very seriously," Christie said.
"The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly. No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others."
Christie had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month — a day after President Donald Trump announced he and first lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for the virus.
He had helped Trump prepare for the first presidential debate; no one wore masks during the debate preparation sessions. He had also attended a Supreme Court nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26.
"I believed that when I entered the White House grounds that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that and I and many others underwent every day. I was wrong," Christie said Thursday.
"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."