Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed Sunday that she has COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated and having received a booster shot.
The Democratic senator from Massachusetts tweeted she tested positive with what she called “a breakthrough case” and has so far experienced only mild symptoms.
The pol’s 86-year-old brother died of the coronavirus last year.
“I regularly test for COVID & while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case,” the former Democratic presidential candidate wrote. “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted.”
Coronavirus cases are surging across the country in part due to the emergence of the extra-contagious Omicron variant, which Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday has an “extraordinary capability of spreading.”
Experts have said it’s too early to tell whether more severe disease is caused by the variant, which was first detected by scientists in South Africa in late November.
Warren’s brother Donald Reed Herring died of COVID-19 in April 2020, with the grieving senator tweeting at the time, “I’m grateful to the nurses and frontline staff who took care of him, but it’s hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say ‘I love you’ one more time — and no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close. I’ll miss you dearly my brother.”