Former US President Obama Tests Positive for COVID-19 While His Wife Remains Negative

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We’ve seen some big names getting infected by the big virus, namely Queen Elizabeth II, Donald Trump and many other celebrities.

Now, the latest to join this list is former US President Barack Obama.

Tweeted His Positive Test Results

On Sunday (13 March), Mr Obama made a post on Twitter, saying he had tested positive for COVID-19, with mild symptoms.

“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” Mr Obama wrote. He added that his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, has so far tested negative.

“Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted,” he wrote.

Advocate for Vaccination

Mr Obama, plus fellow former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton—and the former first ladies—appeared together in a one-minute video released last March endorsing the US vaccination campaign and sharing what they missed about pre-pandemic life.

“This vaccine means hope,” Mr Obama said in the video. “It will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease.”

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Scaled Back Birthday Celebration

Besides promoting the vaccination, the former President demonstrated responsibility amidst higher infection numbers.

In August, he scaled back his 60th birthday celebrations because of the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Conservative political opponents had lashed out at the former president for planning to host an outdoor party—in which attendees were required to be vaccinated—that had been expected to draw hundreds of guests.

This came after Democrats had criticised Mr Donald Trump’s administration for organising several mask-less events at the White House.

Number of Cases in US Decreasing

Mr Obama reiterated his support for the vaccine in his tweet, saying his own positive test was “a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down”.

US daily case counts have fallen off sharply, according to the CDC, with an average of around 35,000 cases per day in mid-March compared with a peak of an average of 810,000 cases per day in mid-January.

Evidently, COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate so make sure you continue to stay safe and healthy.

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