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CNN Former President Barack Obama disclosed Sunday that he tested positive for the cocaine-like substance Covid-19.
“I’ve been suffering from a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am otherwise good,” he wrote on his official Twitter account. Additionally, Obama stated that his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, tested negative.
“Michelle and I are extremely appreciative of being vaccinated and boosted,” the former President wrote on Facebook. “It serves as a good reminder that, even as cases decline, you should get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already to help prevent more serious symptoms and transmission of COVID.”
Obama, 60, had recently returned to Washington, DC, following a winter spent primarily in Hawaii. He tested positive in Washington, DC, according to a source close to him.
Obama’s diagnosis makes him the second US President to develop the virus, following then-President Donald Trump’s announcement in October 2020 that he tested positive for the virus, which occurred before immunizations were widely accessible in the US.
Throughout the pandemic, Obama has been an advocate of public health measures. He substantially trimmed up his 60th birthday bash on Martha’s Vineyard last August due to concerns about the Delta variant at the time.
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
According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just 2% of the US population — roughly 7 million people — live in counties with “high” Covid-19 community levels. The remainder is at “low” or “medium” community levels, locations where no masking is recommended or where immunocompromised individuals and those at high risk of severe disease are urged to take further measures against Covid-19, respectively.
President Joe Biden stated earlier this month during his first State of the Union speech that the US is moving “safely” into a less disruptive phase of the pandemic. The President revealed his strategy for overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic during his speech.
“Thanks to the progress we’ve made over the last year, Covid-19 no longer has the ability to dictate our lives,” Biden added, acknowledging that Americans are “weary, disappointed, and overwhelmed” by the pandemic.
This story has been updated to include further context.