Former US President Barack Obama reveals that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The 60-year-old Democrat shared the news in a Twitter post on Sunday (March 14), stating that his symptoms were mild.
“I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” wrote Obama. “Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative. It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.”
I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative.
It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 13, 2022
Obama’s positive test comes amid rapidly declining cases in the US and the lifting of some health and social restrictions. It was reported that there was an average of 35,000 infections over the past week, marking a notable decline from the 800,000 average in January.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 75.2% of American adults are fully vaccinated and that 47.7% of those people have also received a booster jab.
The former US President has been vocal in his support of the vaccine and other COVID countermeasures, encouraging people to get tested and praising medical experts for their research.
Thanks to the life-saving work by scientists and our government’s top medical experts, we have COVID-19 vaccines to protect us. This is what happens when we trust science, and hardworking doctors and researchers set out to do big things. https://t.co/4F1QZC8KYe
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 19, 2022
In August, Obama also scaled back his 60th birthday celebrations on Martha’s Vineyard amid increasing concern over the Delta variant.