COVID Breakout Hits Multiple Senators

COVID Breakout Hits Multiple Senators

( – As the Delta variant continues to infect people in many parts of the country, Omicron is taking center stage in the United States. Currently, researchers have identified the new strain in 43 states. Since the pandemic’s beginning in March 2020, 13 Senators have contracted COVID-19. On Sunday, December 19, health officials added four more to the list.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) separately announced they tested positive with COVID-19. They are the 14th and 15th senators to do so, respectively. Both say they are fully vaccinated and received booster shots, making them part of the group of people who’ve experienced breakthrough cases. Additionally, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) tested positive.

Warren said she regularly tests for the sickness, and early last week said she tested negative. She added her symptoms were mild and credited the vaccine and booster shot for her health despite contracting COVID-19. Warren lost her older brother to COVID-19 in May 2020.

Booker stated he began feeling symptoms on Saturday and said they were mild as well. He, too, is fully vaccinated and received a booster shot. The senator added that he believed he would be much worse without the vaccinations.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said it appears Omicron is much more contagious than previous strains. It might also be less potent, but that’s still undetermined. It’s uncertain whether either Warren or Booker contracted either of the newer variants.

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