U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey announced Sunday that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Both Democratic senators were vaccinated, and both reportedly received booster doses. Warren and Booker have mild symptoms of the disease, according to CNN.
“Today, I learned that I tested positive for COVID-19 after first experiencing symptoms on Saturday,” Booker wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
“My symptoms are relatively mild. I am very grateful to have received two doses of the vaccine and, most recently, a booster dose – I am sure without them I would have been much worse off,” Booker continued.
Senator Warren, who was said to have been on US Senate floor last week, also tweeted about her case Sunday, using the term “breakout case,” which refers to a vaccinated person contracting the disease.
“I test for COVID regularly and while testing negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a hack case,” Warren chirp.
“Fortunately, I only have mild symptoms and am grateful for the protection offered against the serious diseases that come from vaccination and boosters,” Warren continued.
Senator trolls, such as far-right journalist Andy Ngo, who tweeted at poker, “I got three shots and I’m still injured?”
Vaccination is not a bulletproof solution to COVID-19, as almost any expert will tell you at this point, but it does protect you from severe illness and death. The new omicron variant in particular appears to be evading vaccines, but it’s still better to vaccinate against that, as Ngo sure knows.
And he wasn’t the only two senators who tested positive over the weekend. Representative Jason Crow of Colorado, also a Democrat, also announced Sunday that he has contracted covid-19.
The seven-day average for new cases in the United States is 132,810, with about 1,315 new deaths each day, according to a tally by BNO . News. But that’s taking into account the fact that only 14 of the country’s 50 states reported the novel coronavirus stats on Sunday. Reporting slows over the weekend, but there is reason to believe the numbers are getting worse in nearly every state.
The Twin Cities area of Minnesota has only one ICU bed and local hospitals are being set up Mobile mortuaries To deal with the increase in deaths. And states across the country, like Maine, have deployed National Guards to help health care workers who are experiencing stress.
This epidemic is not over yet. The COVID-19 vaccination rate in the United States is only 61.4%, which is far lower than most other wealthy countries. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please just get vaccinated. And if you qualify for a booster, do so too. There will be an end to this one day. But we haven’t gotten to that day yet.