Former President Barack Obama said Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus, even though he was feeling relatively healthy and his wife, Michelle Obama, tested negative.
“I’ve had a scratch on my throat for a few days, but otherwise I’m fine,” Obama said on Twitter. “Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted.”
Obama called on more Americans to be vaccinated against coronavirus, despite the declining infection rate in the United States. There were about 35,000 infections on average over the past week, a sharp drop from mid-January, when the average was closer to 800,000.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 75.2% of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated and 47.7% of those fully vaccinated have received a booster shot. The CDC relaxed its guidelines for indoor masking in late February and took a more holistic approach, meaning that the vast majority of Americans live in areas without a recommendation for indoor masking in public.