April 26, 2022 — Vice president Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, according to a statement released by her press secretary.
Harris has no symptoms and will continue working from her home.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have not been in close contact to Harris due to their traveling schedules, the statement said.
Eric Topol, MD, executive editor of WebMD sister site Medscape and executive vice president of Scripps Research, said that although Harris and other top government officials like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have had relatively mild experiences with COVID-19, the virus is still very dangerous to many.
“Because everybody is doing so well, the wrong impression has been given that this is mild — Omicron and it’s various lineages is mild. It’s not mild if you haven’t been vaccinated and boosted,” he says.
The vice president is following CDC guidelines on COVID-19, in addition to guidance from her doctors.
Harris is the latest top government official to test positive for COVID-19. Others include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who tested positive on April 7, a day after attending a bill-signing event with President Joe Biden at the White House. Pelosi had tested negative prior to the event, CNN reported.
Others, who tested positive following a dinner for journalists in Washington that same week, include Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo; Attorney General Merrick Garland; first lady Jill Biden’s press secretary, Michael LaRosa; Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas; Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California; Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; and the president’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, according to CNN.