Two senators, who have been vaccinated and boosted, have reported testing positive for COVID-19 while suffering only mild symptoms of the disease on Sunday.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced her successful case on Twitter, looking at the state of full immunization, including boosters.
“I regularly test for COVID and when I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a successful case,” she said.
The Democrat said she was “experiencing only mild symptoms,” which she attributed to the protection from severe disease given by the vaccine and her booster shots.
I regularly test for COVID and when I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a successful case. Thankfully, I am experiencing only mild symptoms and am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated and promoted.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 19, 2021
She urged everyone to get vaccinated, and to get a booster shot “as soon as possible” for vaccinations as well.
“Together, we can save lives,” Warren wrote.
Soon after, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker also said on Twitter that he had tested positive for the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19.
Booker said he first began feeling symptoms on Saturday, and they are “relatively mild.” He also encouraged vaccinated people to get vaccinated and promoted.
“I’m grateful to have received two doses of the vaccine and, most recently, a booster – I’m sure without them I would be doing a lot worse,” he said. couple,
It is unclear which strain of the CCP virus the senators have contracted. The Omicron version currently accounts for about 3 percent of COVID-19 cases in the United States – up from 0.4 percent last week. The remaining 97 percent are attributable to the delta variant.
South African health ministry officials said on 17 December that based on government data, the number of Omicron-type patients in the hospital is one-tenth of the number of Delta patients during their early stages. Earlier, top-level medical officials in the country had said that the variant presents milder symptoms than the delta or alpha variants.
On Friday, Southwest Airlines said its chief executive Gary Kelly along with other airline industry executives tested positive for COVID-19 after appearing at a US Senate Commerce hearing on Wednesday. Southwest said Kelly had been vaccinated and was recovering at home.
Warren and Booker are not members of the Commerce Committee.
In August, three other US senators—Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Democrat John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Independent Angus King of Maine—all tested positive for COVID-19.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also said in August that she had tested positive. All four were vaccinated and later cured.
Other senators who previously tested positive and recovered include Rick Scott of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips and Reuters contributed to this report.