Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tests positive for COVID-19, spokesman says

WE’LL MAKE SURE TO BRING THEM TO YOU. ERIKA: TO COVID-19 AND DATA FROM THE STATE SHOWS NINE MASSACHUSETTS COUNTIES WITH LESS THAN 60% OF ITS FULLY VACCINATED RESIDENTS RECEIVING A BOOSTER SHOT. HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS IS DR. HELEN BOUCHER. AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST AT TUFT MEDICAL CENTER. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> GREAT TO SEE YOU. NATHALIE: AS YOU KNOW, FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS NOW, EVERYONE AGE 5 AND OLDER WHO IS FULLY VACCINATED IN THE U.S. IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A BOOSTER. BUT HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS ONLY ABOUT 58% OF RESIDENTS HAVE GOTTEN ONE. DID YOU EXPECT DEMAND TO BE MAYBE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER? >> WELL, WE CERTAINLY HOPED SO. AND I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE AGE 50 AND OVER TO KNOW THAT GETTING THAT SECOND BOOSTER REALLY WILL PROTECT YOU AGAINST GETTING SERIOUSLY ILL OR DIEING FROM COVID. SO WE HAVE WORK TO DO AND I HOPE PEOPLE WILL REALLY THINK ABOUT GETTING THAT SECOND BOOSTER. ERIKA: WE’VE BEEN HEARING SO MUCH ABOUT THE SUBVARIANTS, BA-4, BA-5 ESPECIALLYY, THEY NOW ACCOUNT FOR 50% OF INFECTIONS IN NEW ENGLAND. I DON’T NEED TO TELL YOU THAT. HOW EFFECTIVE IS A BOOSTER AGAINST THOSE STRAINS IN PARTICULAR? DO WE KNOW? >> WE’RE LEARNING AND I THINK THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE DATA THAT WE HAVE AND THE C.D.C. SHOW US THAT GETTING THAT SECOND BOOSTER IS PROTECTIVE AGAINST SERIOUS ILLNESS AND DEATH AND SOME RECENT DATA BEARED THAT OUT. IT’S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT WITH THE MORE TRANSMISSIBLE, CONTAGIOUS BA-5, IT’S REALLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO GET THAT SECOND BOOSTER. NATHALIE: WE WANT TO GET TO SOME VIEWER QUESTIONS. LET’S GET STARTED WITH ONE FROM DAVE. HE ASKS, CAN ANYONE GET A PRESCRIPTION FOR PAXLOVID? >> IT’S A GREAT QUESTION. ALMOST ANY ADULT SHOULD TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR ABOUT GETTING IT. YOU NEED TO HAVE SOME RISK FACTOR FOR GETTING SERIOUS COVID. BUT I REALLY ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO GETS INFECTED TO CALL THEIR DOCTOR AND TALK ABOUT IT. IT’S VERY EASILY AVAILABLE AND WE KNOW THAT NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE ARE GETTING THIS IMPORTANT MEDICINE. ERIKA: THERE’S ANOTHER VIEWER QUESTION FROM VALERIE WHO ASKS, WHO IS COLLECTING COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE VACCINES? I WANT TO REPORT A SIDE EFFECT FROM MODERNA. >> THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. SO THE C.D.C. HAS TWO REALLY GOOD PROGRAMS TO COLLECT ANY SYMPTOMS OR ADVERSE EVENTS RELATED TO VACCINES. ONE IS CALLED WE SAFE. THEY GIVE YOU THE LINK TO TEXT WITH VSAFE AND THEY SEND YOU REMINDERS. THEN THERE IS THE FORMAL VACCINE ADVERSE EVENT REPORTING SYSTEM OR VAERS AT C.D.C. WHERE YOU OR YOUR DOCTOR CAN REPORT ANY ADVERSE EVENTS. PLEASE DO THAT. NATHALIE: AS ALWAYS THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP AND FOR ANSWERING OUR QUESTIONS. >> THANK YOU. ERIKA: THANKS. TO OUR VIEWERS, IF YOU HAVE COVID-RELATE QUESTIONEDS THAT YOU’D LIKE OUR EXPERTS TO ANSWER, JUST EMAIL THEM T

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tests positive for COVID-19, spokesman says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has tested positive for Covid-19 and has “very mild symptoms,” according to his spokesman.”As a part of his regular testing regimen, Leader Schumer received a positive test result for COVID-19. The Leader is fully vaccinated and double boosted, and has very mild symptoms,” spokesman Justin Goodman said in a statement on Sunday evening.The New York Democrat is planning to isolate and work remotely this week as the Senate returns to Washington following the July Fourth recess.”Anyone who knows Leader Schumer knows that even if he’s not physically in the Capitol, through virtual meetings and his trademark flip phone he will continue with his robust schedule and remain in near constant contact with his colleagues,” Goodman said.Schumer joins a number of high-profile Washington officials who have tested positive in recent months, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris in April.Nationwide, COVID-19 infections continue to increase in much of the United States.An earlier rise in cases this year was driven by the BA.2 omicron subvariant. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that two other subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, constitute more than 70% of new infections in the country.These subvariants may partially escape the immunity produced by the vaccine and by prior infection, though vaccination still likely protects against severe illness.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has tested positive for Covid-19 and has “very mild symptoms,” according to his spokesman.

“As a part of his regular testing regimen, Leader Schumer received a positive test result for COVID-19. The Leader is fully vaccinated and double boosted, and has very mild symptoms,” spokesman Justin Goodman said in a statement on Sunday evening.

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The New York Democrat is planning to isolate and work remotely this week as the Senate returns to Washington following the July Fourth recess.

“Anyone who knows Leader Schumer knows that even if he’s not physically in the Capitol, through virtual meetings and his trademark flip phone he will continue with his robust schedule and remain in near constant contact with his colleagues,” Goodman said.

Schumer joins a number of high-profile Washington officials who have tested positive in recent months, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris in April.

Nationwide, COVID-19 infections continue to increase in much of the United States.

An earlier rise in cases this year was driven by the BA.2 omicron subvariant. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that two other subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, constitute more than 70% of new infections in the country.

These subvariants may partially escape the immunity produced by the vaccine and by prior infection, though vaccination still likely protects against severe illness.

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