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Barack Obama reveals he has tested positive for COVID-19

The former President is reported to be experiencing mild symptoms

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Barack Obama has tested positive for COVID-19. The former President took to his Twitter account Sunday afternoon to announce the health diagnosis.

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He revealed that former First Lady Michelle Obama has tested negative following her husband's positive test result.

The 60-year-old was inundated with support in return, with fans sending well wishes as he updated them on his health and reminded followers of the importance of being vaccinated.

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Obama began his statement with: "I just tested positive for COVID." He revealed that his symptoms have fortunately been mild, explaining that: "I've had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise."

He acknowledged the difference being vaccinated makes, writing: "Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative."

The health update

The father-of-two concluded his announcement by thoughtfully pointing out that: "It's a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven't already, even as cases go down.

Fans rushed to wish him a speedy recovery, writing comments such as: "Feel better soon Mr. President," and: "We are all praying hard for you to recover, President Obama. YOU GOT THIS!!!!" as well as: "Sending good healing vibrations to you Sir."

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Obama and the First Lady participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago

Since leaving the White House, the Obama family has led a much more private and calm lifestyle. They still live in Washington DC, in a home that dates back to the 1920s, with nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a luscious garden and terrace, a two-car garage, and an additional courtyard for another eight to ten vehicles.

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Their daughters, Malia, 23, and Sasha, 20, are both away in college. Malia attends Harvard University while Sasha goes to University of Michigan.

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