Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren recently announced that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Both senators indicated that they were presently experiencing mild symptoms as coronavirus cases continued to increase across the nation.
Booker, a 52-year-old Democrat from New Jersey, proclaimed on Twitter that he discovered his positive diagnosis upon experiencing his first symptoms over the weekend. The former presidential candidate announced that he was experiencing “relatively mild” symptoms, and he also indicated that he had recently received the booster for COVID.
“I’m certain that without [the vaccine and booster] I would be doing much worse,” Booker brayed.
Warren, a 72-year-old Democrat from Massachusetts, also declared that she is fully vaccinated, complete with a booster shot. The senator, who is also a former presidential candidate, remarked that she had “tested negative earlier [in the] week,” though her most recent results were “[testing] positive with a breakthrough case.”
The Capitol Hill COVID-19 testing location experienced enormous lines in the past week, and senators have adjourned their sessions until January 3, 2022.
The diagnosis of Booker and Warren arrives as COVID-19 cases purportedly spread throughout the nation.
Warren took the opportunity to promote the booster shot, declaring that “as cases increase across the country … everyone who has not already done so [should] get the vaccine [as well as] the booster as soon as possible.”
“Together, we can save lives,” Warren proclaimed.
Gary Keller, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Southwest Airlines also recently tested positive for COVID during an appearance at a U.S. Senate Commerce hearing. Keller, who made an appearance along with other executives from the airline industry, is fully vaccinated and is presently recovering at home.
However, neither Booker nor Warren serve on the Commerce Committee.
Over the summer, three other American senators – independent Angus King of Maine, Democrat John Hickenlooper of Colorado, and Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi – also tested positive for the coronavirus.
In addition, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also tested positive for COVID-19 during the same time period.
All four of the impacted senators were fully vaccinated, and they have since recovered.