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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19 even though he is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot.
NBC News reported that Booker attributed his mild symptoms to his three vaccine doses.
“I learned today that I tested positive for COVID-19 after first feeling symptoms on Saturday. My symptoms are relatively mild. I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster – I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse,” Booker tweeted.
I learned today that I tested positive for COVID-19 after first feeling symptoms on Saturday. My symptoms are relatively mild. I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster – I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse.
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) December 20, 2021
NBC noted that while “it appears that the omicron variant of the coronavirus, believed to be a factor in the December wave, is more contagious and may increase the chances of breakthrough infections, vaccinated people generally seem to be experiencing symptoms no worse than when other variants broke through to inoculated patients.”
Omicron in general has been shown to have milder symptoms than other strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) also has a breakthrough case of COVID-19 and has been fully vaccinated along with a booster.
“I regularly test for COVID & while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case,” Warren tweeted on Sunday. “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted.”
She added: “As cases increase across the country, I urge everyone who has not already done so to get the vaccine and the booster as soon as possible – together, we can save lives.”
NBC reported that while the number of cases have reached a record high in New York City, there are 97% fewer hospitalizations compared to the pandemic’s peak in 2020.
The Daily Wire recently noted that people who end up getting a breakthrough infection of COVID-19 have a “super immunity,” with massively increased antibodies. From The Daily Wire:
Breakthrough cases are now more common as virus variants Delta and Omicron sweep across the nation, but researchers from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have found that such cases lead to “super immunity” to future SARS-CoV-2 variants.
“You can’t get a better immune response than this,” says senior author Fikadu Tafesse, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology in the OHSU School of Medicine, in a university release. “These vaccines are very effective against severe disease. Our study suggests that individuals who are vaccinated and then exposed to a breakthrough infection have super immunity.”
The study found that “antibodies measured in blood samples of breakthrough cases were both more abundant and much more effective – as much as 1,000% more effective – than antibodies generated two weeks following the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The study suggests each exposure following vaccination actually serves to strengthen immune response to subsequent exposures even to new variants of the virus,” OHSU said in its release.
Tafesse said the level of immunity is “sometimes up to 2,000 percent, so it’s really high immunity.”