Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday, 17 November that he has “completely recovered” from the mild fever and cold-like symptoms he experienced after coming down with COVID-19 overseas in the United Kingdom . He credited vaccination for his ease of recovery.
The update was provided at an online briefing; Such livecasts, introduced more than a year ago during the height of the pandemic, became routine during the outbreak, but are now more rare.
Garcetti was out of the country in early November to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. He was banned from returning to the United States after testing positive for COVID-19.
Garcetti returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday “after 10 days of isolation in a hotel room more than 5,000 miles from home, away from his family, away from his beloved city.”
He continued: “And when I worked hard and stopped in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the passage of the historic … bipartisan infrastructure package that Congress passed and President Biden signed, I Was lucky because in those days when I was isolated, I had a mild fever. For a day, some cold-like symptoms, for a few days I lost my taste and smell, but then recovered completely, maybe this Thank you for the vaccine I got at the beginning of the year.”
The mayor also warned of a possible COVID-19 surge this winter, quoting the HBO television show Game of Thrones: “Winter is coming, so we have to be prepared.”
Garcetti said: “Cold temperatures and time spent indoors always make it easier for viruses, including COVID-19, to spread,” he said. “Not only that – flu season, which experts say could be particularly bad this year, is affecting us at the same time.”
He also said there are now 77 workers who are now on unpaid leave because of the city’s vaccine mandate, with about 700 more potentially going on unpaid leave next week. The city plans to start testing employees from this Friday.