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The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, announced that after presenting symptoms and undergoing the COVID-19 test, he tested positive for the virus and remains in quarantine.
“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I requested the test today after showing symptoms while home on leave. My symptoms are mild and I follow my doctor’s instructions ”, he reported through his Twitter account this Sunday.
In another message, the US official said that the symptoms you presented are mild so you will follow your doctor’s instructions.
“In accordance with those instructions and in accordance with CDC guidelines, I will self-quarantine at home for the next five days. Stopping the spread of this virus, protecting our workforce and ensuring my own speedy and safe recovery remain my top priorities, “he said.
Lloyd Austin clarified that the result of his positive test for the virus was reported to his work team and Joe Biden and that his last contact with the US president was on Tuesday, December 21, more than a week before he began to experience symptoms.
“I have informed my leadership team of my positive test result, as well as the president. My staff have started to track and test everyone I have come in contact with in the last week, ”he commented.
“My last meeting with @POTUS was Tuesday December 21st, more than a week before my symptoms started. I said negative that morning. I have not been to the Pentagon since Thursday, where I met briefly and with only a few members of the staff. We were properly masked and socially distanced at all times, “he said.
The head of the US defense said that he is fully vaccinated and with the booster dose and he affirmed that vaccines are still a requirement for the armed forces so he will continue to encourage the military to get them.
“Vaccines work and will continue to be a military medical requirement for our workforce. I continue to encourage everyone who is eligible for a booster shot to get it. This is still a preparation issue, ”he said.
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