U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Corey Booker of New Jersey said Sunday they were positive for covid-19. Both Democratic senators were vaccinated and both reportedly received additional doses. Warren and Booker have mild symptoms of the disease, he states CNN.
“Today I learned that I was positive for COVID-19 after I first felt the symptoms on Saturday,” Booker wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“My symptoms are relatively mild. “I am extremely grateful to have received two doses of the vaccine and, more recently, an enhancer – I’m sure I would have been much worse off without them,” Booker continued.
Sen. Warren, who was reportedly backed by the U.S. Senate last week, also tweeted about her case on Sunday, using the term “breakthrough case”, which refers to when someone who has been vaccinated becomes infected.
“I’m being tested regularly for COVID and while I was negative earlier this week, I was positive today with a new case,” Warren tweeted.
“Fortunately, I feel only mild symptoms and I am grateful for the protection against serious diseases resulting from vaccination and reinforcements,” Warren continued.
Trolls landed on senators, such as far-right journalist Andy Ngo, who tweeted on Booker“You received three vaccines and still got infected?”
Vaccination is not an impenetrable solution against covid-19, as any expert will tell you at this point, but it protects you from serious illness and death. It seems that the new variant of omicron especially avoids vaccines, but it is still better to be vaccinated than not, as Ngo certainly knows.
The two senators were not the only lawmakers to be positive over the weekend. Colorado MP Jason Crowe, also a Democrat, also announced on Sunday that he had Covid-19.
The seven-day average of new cases in the U.S. is 132,810, with about 1,315 new deaths each day, according to the data. BNO News. But that takes into account the fact that only 14 of the 50 states in the country reported statistics on covid-19 on Sunday. Reporting is slowing over the weekend, but there is every reason to believe that the numbers are getting worse in almost every state.
The Twin Cities area of Minnesota has only one intensive care bed, and local hospitals are opening mobile morgues to cope with rising mortality. And countries across the country, such as Maine, have deployed the National Guard to help health workers who are exhausted to the extreme.
This pandemic is far from over. The vaccination rate against COVID-19 in the US is only 61.4%, well below most other rich countries. If you have not been vaccinated yet, just get the vaccine. And if you meet the requirements for reinforcement, do so. One day this will end. But we have not reached that day yet.
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