The 44th United States president Sunday announced he has contracted COVID-19 but his symptoms appear mild, he said.
“I just tested positive for COVID,” former President Barack Obama revealed in a Sunday tweet. “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,” he concluded.
There have been 964,774 COVID-19 deaths reported in America, as of Sunday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Total cases number of coronavirus are slightly greater than 79.3 million.
The CDC’s data tracker indicates only 31,165 are hospitalized with COVID-19 now, which is a dramatic drop in serious cases nationwide.
Cases have been falling all year and the omicron variant may be the last one to send infections and hospitalizations skyrocketing.
“Nationally, the case numbers are coming down, which I consider an optimistic trend,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a White House Covid briefing, in January.
“It wouldn’t be surprising if we saw a few more bumps in the road, temporary bouncebacks that don’t get back at the level of the peaks we’re seeing now, but are still brief periods of increase on this general trend of a decline,” Justin Lessler, a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, told NBC News.
Obama’s mild symptoms seem to bear out reports of milder symptoms associated with omicron, which was reported to account for almost 100 percent of new infections in January.
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