House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who had been vaccinated and boosted at least once, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. The news concerned many, given the speaker’s age of 82, which makes her vulnerable to more serious cases.
However, according to The Hill, the speaker made it through the sickness, and recently announced that she’ll soon be returning to the Capitol building to resume her work as the leader of the lower chamber on Tuesday.
Today, happily I tested negative for COVID. Tomorrow, I will be exiting isolation at the direction of the Capitol’s Attending Physician and consistent with CDC guidelines for asymptomatic individuals. Many thanks to everyone for their good wishes, chocolates and chicken soup.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 11, 2022
The speaker was one of a massive number of Democrats who contracted COVID-19 last week. Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) all announced positive tests after the annual Gridiron dinner. Pelosi wasn’t in attendance for the dinner and caught the virus elsewhere.
Additionally, several House lawmakers had also tested positive, along with other high-profile politicians such as New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D).
Pelosi found herself embroiled in confusion and controversy after the announcement of her positive test, as she was seen on video the previous day hugging and kissing on President Joe Biden. The White House said that by CDC standards, the hug and kiss were not considered “close contact,” which confused many.
Doocy: “How can you guys say that President Biden was not a close contact with speaker Pelosi when there’s video of the speaker kissing him?”
Psaki: The CDC’s “definition of it is 15 minutes of contact within a set period of time, within six feet. It did not meet that bar.” pic.twitter.com/T7U8kE5EoR
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) April 7, 2022
So far, President Biden had repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19.
Many believe that the Omicron variant known as BA.2 will soon cause another spike in cases in the United States, with Philadelphia being the first major U.S. city this week to announce a return to indoor mask mandates, effective beginning April 18.