Senator Elizabeth Warren declared on Sunday she was positive for COVID-19. This is the latest variant of the virus that has been spreading throughout the country. nearly two years into the pandemic.
“I regularly test for COVID & while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case. Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted,” the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
“As cases increase across the country, I urge everyone who has not already done so to get the vaccine and the booster as soon as possible — together, we can save lives,” she continued, linking to a government siteIt provides vaccination information.
Warren, 72 years of age, was just days away from the Senate floor when the chamber went into recess. It’s not immediately clear how she got infected, and which variant she contracted.
The world is grappling with the new omicron variantAccording to officials, it appears that this is a sham. more transmissible than the delta variant. Much remains unknown about the latest strain, but scientists say that those who have been vaccinated — and especially those who received a booster — are the most protected.
“The one thing that’s very clear, and there’s no doubt about this, is its extraordinary capability of spreading, its transmissibility capability. It is just, you know, raging through the world,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s medical adviser and top infectious disease expert, told NBC News on Sunday. “And if you look even here in the United States, you have some regions that start off with a few percent of the isolates that are positive, now going up to 30%, 40%, and some places 50%.”
However, inoculating does not guarantee that you are immune to future infections. In Warren’s case, the senator became infected after getting vaccinated and receiving her booster shot, but stressed that those precautions are the very reason her symptoms are so mild.
Officials in the United States have increased calls for Americans who are not vaccinated to be vaccinated as New York City, Washington, D.C., and other places, are experiencing skyrocketing positivity rates. City data has shown that the number of deaths and new hospitalizations is still well below its peak in spring 2020.
On Thursday, however, President Joe Biden reminded unvaccinated Americans that they face a winter of “severe illness and death” amid the surge in new infections and the omicron variant’s spread. He reiterated his appeal for those not currently vaccinated to continue their vaccinations, stating that there is preliminary evidence to support the vaccines’ protection from severe infections caused by COVID-19.
All Americans are eligible for a booster shotSix months following their first dose of Pfizer BioNTech/Moderna vaccine. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine are eligible for a booster shot after two months. The preliminary data suggests that booster shots are more popular among individuals who have received the single-dose Johnson vaccine. continue to have substantial omicron-fighting antibodies weeks later, but that those who received only two doses of an mRNA vaccine didn’t have as strong protection.
Biden is scheduled to address Tuesday’s status on COVID-19, and to discuss the government’s assistance to those communities that need it. according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. She also said that the president will be “issuing a stark warning of what the winter will look like for Americans that choose to remain unvaccinated.”