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Lindsey Graham Reveals He Has COVID19

If only someone had warned him.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. Graham said he experienced “flu-like symptoms,” but said that he now has only “mild symptoms” and is very glad he had been vaccinated because “without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now.”

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 15: Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attends the fourth day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill on October 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September. (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated. I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning,” he tweeted. Graham wrote in a follow-up tweet, “I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for ten days. I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination…my symptoms would be far worse.”

Graham’s positive diagnosis shines an even brighter light on the extremely contagious Delta Variant. Fortunately, breakthrough infections remain rare and more than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Before receiving his positive status, Graham had been on the Senate floor, wearing a mask as mandated by the rules. Graham had also been a guest of West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin as part of a small group of senators Manchin hosted on his houseboat over the weekend, although Manchin’s office declined to comment on the attendance on his boat.

The news of Graham’s Covid diagnosis also comes at a precarious legislative time in the Senate as lawmakers race to try to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill with a narrow margin of error and just days before the chamber’s August recess is slated to start – though Senate leadership can cancel or delay when recess begins.

 

Twitter wasn’t exactly sympathetic to Graham’s diagnosis.

 

 



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