Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made an appearance in the news cycle a few days ago when she was photographed vacationing in Florida with her boyfriend, enjoying the warm weather and going maskless. Her office has confirmed that AOC has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering at home with some symptoms.
According to her office, the “Squad” member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus is fully vaccinated and received one booster vaccine shot. The statement from her office went on to say that she encourages everyone to follow all CDC guidance and get a booster shot.
Even though she seemed to be enjoying herself in public and maskless in Florida for the New Year’s holiday, she has been a strong advocate for COVID-based social restrictions.
When the public questioned her decisions on social media, she responded by accusing Republicans of being “sensually frustrated” and wanting to “date” her. She tweeted that Republicans should say they are interested in her romantically instead of projecting their desires onto her “boyfriend’s feet.”
No reporting had confirmed when AOC began experiencing symptoms or how she became infected.
There have been at least 24 cases of COVID-19 infection reported among fully vaccinated members of Congress since the holiday recess.
The CDC recommends that persons who experience symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak of the Omicron variant should isolate themselves for at least five days. After that, the guidance says that they can stop isolation after being free of fever and other symptoms for 24 hours.
Case numbers continue to run high nationwide as the Omicron variant continues through the vaccinated and unvaccinated populations. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS News on Sunday that the Omicron variant infections may have already peaked in places along the Eastern seaboard, including New York City, Washington, and Florida.