(Trends Wide) – Former US President Barack Obama announced this Sunday that he tested positive for covid-19.
“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple of days but otherwise I feel fine,” he said on his official Twitter account. Obama also said his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, tested negative.
I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative.
It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 13, 2022
“Michelle and I are grateful to have been vaccinated and boosted,” the former president said in a Facebook post. “It’s a good reminder that even as cases decline, you should get vaccinated and booster shots if you haven’t already to help prevent more severe symptoms and spread COVID to others.”
Obama had recently returned to Washington, after spending much of the winter in Hawaii. He tested positive in Washington, reported a person close to the former president.
Trends Wide’s Jeff Zeleny contributed to this report.