Two high-profile Democrats have been quarantined after seemingly contracting a highly contagious disease.
Hillary Clinton and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki have both tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Clinton confirmed she is experiencing influenza-like ailments.
“Well, I have tested positive for COVID [and] I have got some mild cold symptoms but am feeling fine,” she said on Twitter.
The former secretary of state claimed she fell ill even though she was fully vaccinated. She then encouraged everyone to be immunized against COVID-19.
“I am more grateful than ever for the protection vaccines can provide against serious illness. Please get vaccinated and boosted if you have not already,” she said.
Bill tested negative and is feeling fine. He’s quarantining until our household is fully in the clear. Movie recommendations appreciated!— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 22, 2022
Although husband Bill Clinton might have been a close contact he did not show any signs of infection at the time of publication.
“Bill tested negative and is feeling fine. He is quarantining until our household is fully in the clear–movie recommendations [are] appreciated,” the Democrat said.
Spokesman Angel Ureña confirmed the 75-year-old former president will undergo further COVID-19 testing in coming days.
“President Clinton is feeling well and will continue to be tested,” Ureña said on Twitter.
President Clinton is feeling well and will continue to be tested in the coming days. https://t.co/BdiD2dL6QU— Angel Ureña (@angelurena) March 22, 2022
Meanwhile, Psaki claimed her positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result will prevent her from joining a press briefing and Joe Biden’s official visit to Europe.
“In preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning [and] that test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and no longer be traveling on the president’s trip,” she said in a statement.
The press secretary, who is suffering “mild symptoms,” dismissed speculation she might have infected Biden.
“I had two socially-distanced meetings with the president yesterday, and the president is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance,” she said. “The president tested negative today via PCR test.”
She will keep working from home until successfully completing a five-day isolation period and producing a negative test result.