Will Sen. Chris Murphy infect the entire US Senate with COVID-19?

Iranian FM Zarif and his entourage were likely COVID-19 carriers at the Munich Security Conference. The Democrat party senator who met with him for over an hour in Zarif's hotel room must be watched for signs of disease.

Mark Langfan

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Mark Langfan

This year’s Munich Security Conference may go down in history as the COVID-19 viral super-spreader “event of the century," if not in all of recorded history.  That’s because the Munich 2020 event took place from February Friday 14-Sunday 16, and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attended. 

Unknown to apparently all the high security-minded attendees, FM Zarif was likely carrying much more than the dark secret that the COVID-19 virus had already begun rampaging through the highest echelons of the Iranian government and society.  FM Zarif , or one of his minions, was likely carrying the actual COVID-19, and infected who knows how many of the world’s highest and most influential politicians at the Munich event. 

In fact, US Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat from Connecticut, not only met FM Zarif, but met him in Zarif’s hotel suite where there was likely a rat’s nest of COVID-19.  Unless drastic steps are taken, Sen. Murphy may become the Typhoid Mary of COVID-19, and infect the entire US Senate and House of Representatives.

As of February 28, 2020 there were officially 210 actual deaths in Iran. Unofficially, there have been over 500 reliably reported Iranian deaths.  But, what is very unusual about the Iranian deaths is that a large number of extremely high ranking government officials in Tehran, the capital, have actually caught the disease and have died. The officially “First reported” Iranian case was on February 19. Working backward from the 19th, that means COVID-19 was likely already circulating in Iran from middle-to-late January when FM Zarif, or one of his staff, could have caught the disease. 

The key part is the number of deaths. To go form “zero” to officially 210 deaths in four weeks likely means that there are a lot of undiagnosed carriers.  Also, Iran is probably underreporting the death toll.  Assuming the 500 COVID-19 deaths, and 1% death rate that means that there are about 50,000 Iranians who already have the disease, with a huge number in Tehran and the Iranian government itself.

Wikipedia states that the following high Iranian government officials have confirmed COVID-19: “As of 27 February 2020, three senior Iranian officials had been diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 positive: deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi , Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar, and Chairman of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee Mojtaba Zolnour.   Iran's first ambassador to the Vatican, Hadi Khosroshahi, died from COVID-19 in Qom on 27 February.” 

These are all high ranking people in the Iranian government.  If this is a sample of the infection reach, there are surely many more government officials infected.  Also, the “Chairman of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee Mojtaba Zolnour” is very likely somebody FM Zarif had close contact with, or one of Zarif’s staff had close contact with before the Munich Conference.  In short, FM Zarif and his entourage were likely COVID-19 super-spreaders at the Munich Event.

Which brings us to Sen. Murphy’s fateful Saturday February 15 close in-person meeting in FM Zarif’s actual hotel suite. Sen. Murphy told us all about it.  In his own words he wrote, “I plan to meet Zarif Saturday night in his hotel suite, and I have several goals for the meeting. First, I want to gauge whether he thinks the reprisals for the Soleimani assassination are over, and I want to make sure it is 100 percent clear to him that if any groups in Iraq that are affiliated with Iran attack the United States’ forces in Iraq, this will be perceived as an unacceptable escalation. Zarif may not have control over Iran’s military decisions, but he is the country’s chief diplomat and I want him to know that our government is united on this point.”

The meeting was actually very extensive and detail and went on for a significant amount of time because Sen. Murphy wrote that he discussed numerous complex and serious issues with FM Zarif.  They talked Yemen, hostages held by Iran, and what Sen. Murphy describes as the “assassination” of of Iran’s arch-terrorist Soleimani.  Such deep and weighty issues must have taken at least an hour.  That means Sen. Murphy and his staff were in FM Zarif’s personal quarters, where all Zarif’s staff was circulating, for at least a full hour. 

That spells DANGER.

To make matters worse, Sen Murphy admits he was “exhausted” the next morning. Sen. Murphy goes on to say, “Sunday morning[the day after the hour-long Zarif evening meeting], exhausted, I climb onto a plane for the long ride back to the United States. My extended family always takes a vacation together during the kids’ February school break, and I am a day late in joining the rest of the Murphy clan. To do this job right, it takes immense amounts of time away from family. That’s the worst part of this job. But on trips like this, when you feel like, even as just a rank-and-file Senator, you made a difference for the security of the country, it makes the time away a little easier to endure.”

In other words, not only has Sen. Murphy probably caught the deadly COVID-19, he has also likely infected his entire “extended family.”  If Sen. Murphy, or one of his staff, has contracted COVID-19, expect Washington DC to go into a total panic. 




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