- Former US president Barack Obama mildly symptomatic for COVID-19.
- First lady returns negative.
- Both Obama and his wife and vaccinated and have also received the booster dose.
Washington DC: Former US President, Barack Obama tested positive for COVID-19, said his twitter account on Sunday. ‘I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” he tweeted, adding that his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, has so far tested negative. “Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted,” he added.
While the world ventured into vaccination in March last year, Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton – and the former first ladies – appeared together in a one-minute video endorsing the US vaccination campaign and sharing what they missed about pre-pandemic life. “This vaccine means hope.It will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease, Obama was heard saying in the video.
Obama reiterated his support for the vaccine in his tweet Sunday, saying his own positive test was “a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.”
According to National health agency, a drastic drop was seen with an average of around 35,000 cases per day in mid-March compared to a peak of an average of 810,000 cases per day in mid-January.