Murthy wrote in a long thread on Twitter that his wife and 5-year-old son were also positive about the virus and had mild symptoms. His 4-year-old daughter, who was the first in his family to test positive, is “okay” and has a growing fever days after he announced she had the virus, he added.
Announcing his diagnosis, Murthy spoke to the millions of Americans who have also tested positive for Covid-19 and said he recognizes the emotions that can come from being infected with the virus.
“Once you’ve been as safe as you can, it can be frustrating and disappointing to get COVID-19. I’ve felt that way. It can also be a source of shame. Many people assume you must have been careless. “to get sick. Our safety measures reduce the risk, but they can not eliminate the risk. Nothing can,” said the general surgeon.
“So if you’ve done everything you can and still got COVID-19, do not beat yourself up. Many of us do the best we can. And let’s not assume that those who get sick “They are careless. We do not know people’s conditions. They may not be able to protect themselves as we can,” he added.
Murthy also stressed the importance of being vaccinated and boosted against the virus and reiterated the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“An important source of peace of mind for us: we and our son have grown / boosted. Vaccines are very effective in saving our lives and keeping us out of the hospital. As parents, I can not tell you how reassuring it is to know , that we will be able to take care of our children even if we become infected, “he said.
This story has been updated with further response.