Former President Barack Obama announced on Sunday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, despite the fact that he is feeling OK and that his wife, Michelle, had tested negative.
“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” Obama said on Twitter. “Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted.”
Despite the lowering infection incidence in the United States, Obama advised more Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Over the preceding week, there were around 35,000 infections on average, down drastically from mid-January, when the average was closer to 800,000.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75.2 percent of adults in the United States are completely vaccinated, with 47.7% of those who are fully vaccinated receiving a booster dose. In late February, the CDC revised its criteria for indoor masking, taking a more holistic approach that meant the great majority of Americans reside in places where indoor masking in public is not recommended.
Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey also tested positive for COVID-19 in December, as the country faced a new wave of cases and the introduction of the omicron form.
The Democrats said they had been completely vaccinated with two doses and a booster and that their symptoms were minor in separate statements. They also urged others to obtain the three vaccinations if they were qualified.