Homeland Security Department spokesperson Elizabeth Bailenson said Tuesday that Homeland Security personnel are trained to recognize the signs of illness or disease and respond to it appropriately.
“I think the biggest thing is that they understand that they’re going to be in a lot of danger if they go home and it’s just too hot, too cold, or they feel like they’re not getting the care that they need,” she said.
“So the best way to identify a Homeland security person is to look at how they look.”
Homeland Security said it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make sure that people with these illnesses or diseases are properly cared for.
Bailenson added that she is not aware of any instances where the department’s health care workers have treated patients with illnesses from the pandemic.
However, the department has taken measures to keep people from returning to their homes if they have a communicable illness, including limiting travel by air and water.
“We’re working with our partners in the CDC and USDA to try to help people keep the health of their family and loved ones and their communities as our top priority,” she explained.
“They’re also looking at how to mitigate the potential spread of diseases and infectious diseases like influenza and the coronavirus.”
In a statement to ABC News, the CDC said it was aware of the threat and was “working closely with local, state, and federal partners to prevent, detect, and respond as needed to prevent or mitigate the spread of these new and emerging pandemic strains.”
“As we continue to monitor the potential for new pandemic threats, we are constantly developing strategies to protect people, their loved ones, and communities from new, emerging infectious disease threats,” the statement said.
Bondi said she believes that Homeland is doing a great job of keeping people safe, and she hopes that her brother’s health is a sign that other Americans will be safe as well.
“This is my brother,” Bondi said.