Just hours after announcing Saturday that he had contracted the novel coronavirus, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) — one of several prominent figures close to Trump who have tested positive in recent days — tweeted that he was at a hospital.

“In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon,” Christie wrote, referring to a hospital in Morristown, N.J. “While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure.”

Christie’s announcement, which followed news that Trump, first lady Melania Trump and other Republican leaders had tested positive for the virus, sparked a flurry of reactions online. Chief among them: confusion.

“Regarding Chris Christie, can someone please tell me how one checks into a hospital as a ‘precautionary measure’?” one person wrote on Twitter.

Another person asked, “Can an ordinary citizen with mild symptoms just check themselves into a hospital out of an abundance of caution? Is that how this works?”

Not exactly, experts say.

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