The Surgeon General and his entire family test positive for COVID-19
The Surgeon General and his entire family test positive for COVID-19

The Surgeon General and his entire family test positive for COVID-19

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and the rest of his immediate family have tested positive for COVID-19, the nation’s best doctor shared on Twitter.

He, his wife and his 5-year-old son were tested positive after his 4-year-old daughter tested positive last weekend. They are all vaccinated, with the exception of the 4-year-old, who is too young to be eligible for any vaccine. Murthy said his son has a runny nose and low fever, but otherwise is fine. He did not say if he was experiencing symptoms.

“Whether you have had COVID or not, whatever your faith may be, I wish you the love of family and friends,” Murthy wrote. “I know it feels like we are in endless conflict. But we are first brothers and sisters with common hopes and common concerns. May we all find healing in the days to come.”

Vaccines and boosters significantly reduce patients’ likelihood of hospitalization or death, and Murthy has consistently urged Americans to get their shots fired. Vaccines and boosters do not always prevent COVID-19 infections, especially with the highly contagious Omicron variant. But studies in the United States and elsewhere have made it clear that the addition of one booster dose it strengthens protection and improves the chances of any infection becoming less severe.

Earlier this week Murthy shared a personal reflection on Twitter about having a young unvaccinated daughter with COVID-19, even though the risk to young, healthy children is incredibly low.

“As I stared at my daughter’s positive test, I asked myself the same questions that many parents have asked: Will my child be okay?” Murthy shared in a Twitter thread Tuesday. “Could I have done more to protect her? Was it my fault? In these moments, it doesn’t matter if you are a doctor or a general surgeon. We are parents first.”

Pfizer announced last week that it postpones its request to the Food and Drug Administration for approval of its vaccine for children under 5 years of age.

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