Office says second gentleman Doug Emhoff has COVID-19

 July 8, 2024

The White House has once again been struck with a round of COVID-19 just after the Independence Day holiday, when the first and second families were out enjoying the celebrations.

According to the announcement made by his office on Saturday, the second gentleman Doug Emhoff, who is the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, tested positive for COVID-19, as ABC News reported.

From Emhoff's Office

"Yesterday, the Second Gentleman tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms. He is fully vaccinated and three times boosted," Liza Acevedo, Emhoff's communications director, said in a statement Sunday.

"He is currently asymptomatic, continuing to work remotely, and remaining away from others at home," she added.

"Out of an abundance of caution, yesterday, the Vice President was tested for COVID-19. She tested negative and remains asymptomatic," Acevedo added.

Previous Activities

A few days ago, Emhoff was present at the White House to celebrate Independence Day alongside Harris, President Joe Biden, and Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States.

During the Fourth of July celebration that took place at the White House on Thursday, Emhoff and Harris were captured on camera and photographed standing close to the president and his wife.

Fox News Digital contacted the White House to ask whether or not Biden had undergone testing for the illness, but they did not immediately respond.

Now, after approximately three and a half years since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the second gentleman has finally been diagnosed with the allegedly virulently contagious virus.

Current Spread Activity

At the beginning of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning that 44 states and territories are experiencing "growing or likely growing" rates of coronavirus infections.

In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, Dr. Marc Siegel, a physician, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, and a contributor to Fox News Medical, discussed the recent increase in the number of instances.

"There has been an upsurge in certain areas, including California — fueled by the so-called FLiRT variants, KP.3, KP.2 and KP.1," he explained. "It could spread to more states."

In his explanation, Siegel stated that the newly discovered COVID-1-10 variants continue to be "immunoevasive," which means that they affect individuals with established immunity.

"[Like] all respiratory viruses, it spreads further in low humidity," he said. "Having said that, it has not shown itself to be seasonal, meaning that it can spread in warm weather easily as well."

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