sen. Cory Booker (left) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Getty Images file photos Image: Tom Williams / Kevin Dietsch (Getty Images)
US Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey both announced Sunday that they tested positive for Covid-19. Both Democratic senators had been vaccinated and both had reportedly been given booster doses. Warren and Booker experience mild symptoms of the disease, according to CNN.
“I learned today that I tested positive for COVID-19 after I first felt symptoms on Saturday,” Booker tweeted on Sunday.
“My symptoms are relatively mild. I’m more than grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster — I’m sure I’d do a lot worse without those doses,” Booker continued.
sen. Warren, who reportedly sat on the floor of the US Senate last week, also tweeted about her case on Sunday, using the term “breakthrough case,” which refers to when someone who has been vaccinated catches the disease.
“I test regularly for COVID and while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case,” Warren tweeted.
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“Fortunately, I experience only mild symptoms and am grateful for the protection afforded against serious illnesses arising from vaccination and stimulation,” Warren continued.
Trolls descended on the senators, such as far-right journalist Andy Ngo, who tweeted at booker, “You got three injections and still got infected?”
Getting vaccinated isn’t a bulletproof solution to Covid-19, as just about any expert will tell you at this point, but it does protect you from serious illness and death. The new omicron variant in particular seems to bypass the vaccines, but it is still better to get vaccinated, as Ngo knows for sure.
The two senators weren’t the only lawmakers to test positive this weekend. Representative Jason Crow of Colorado, also a Democrat, also announced on Sunday that he had contracted Covid-19.
The seven-day average for new cases in the US is 132,810, with about 1,315 new deaths per day, according to a tally by BNO News. But that takes into account the fact that only 14 of the country’s 50 states reported Covid-19 statistics on Sunday. Reporting slows over the weekend, but there’s every reason to believe the numbers are getting worse in just about every state.
The Twin Cities area of Minnesota has only one ICU bed available, and local hospitals are in the process of setting up mobile morgues to cope with the rising number of deaths. And states across the country, such as Maine, have deployed the National Guard to help health workers stretched to their limits.
This pandemic is far from over. The US covid-19 vaccination rate is only 61.4%, well below most other rich countries. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, take your chance. And if you qualify for a booster, do so. This will come to an end one day. But we have not reached that day yet.
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