After a swathe of political leaders testing positive for the coronavirus over the past two years, Former President Barack Obama said on Sunday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Claiming that he was feeling relatively healthy and his wife Michelle tested negative, he wrote on Twitter (promoting the vaccine), “I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple of days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted.”
Over the past few months, Obama encouraged more Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite the declining infection rate in the U.S. There were roughly 35,000 infections on average over the past week, down sharply from mid-January when that average was closer to 800,000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 75.2% of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated and 47.7% of the fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.
As of now, serious COVID cases are on a sharp decline in the US, and the CDC has relaxed its guidelines for indoor masking in late February, making it si that most Americans could go without the recommendation for indoor masking in public.