Former President Bill Clinton revealed on Wednesday that he had received a health diagnosis that could potentially threaten his life.
Clinton revealed in a tweet that despite being fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, he nonetheless had tested positive for the coronavirus, the Western Journal reported.
Clinton caught the ‘Rona
“I’ve tested positive for Covid. I’ve had mild symptoms, but I’m doing fine overall and keeping myself busy at home,” former President Clinton tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Then, as has become commonplace in such announcements, he added, “I’m grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, which has kept my case mild, and I urge everyone to do the same, especially as we move into the winter months.”
I’ve tested positive for Covid. I’ve had mild symptoms, but I’m doing fine overall and keeping myself busy at home.
I’m grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, which has kept my case mild, and I urge everyone to do the same, especially as we move into the winter months.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) November 30, 2022
Clinton’s prior heart issues a concern
While it is a good thing that Clinton’s symptoms have been mild, and hopefully stay that way, the former president’s doctors might want to keep a close eye on him as his prior health history suggests that he could be at greater than average risk for developing a more serious and severe case.
Fox News reported in 2021 that Clinton had been hospitalized in California and placed on antibiotics and fluids to treat a persistent urological infection that was of particular concern due to previous heart-related issues for the former president.
In 2004, Clinton underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery to clear upwards of 90 percent blockage in some of his arteries, then went under the scalpal again just six months later to surgically remove scar tissue and drain fluid from his chest cavity. He also had a stent implanted in his heart in 2010.
Biden, Obama, and Trump have all previously endured infections
Clinton is certainly not the first current or former president to test positive for COVID-19, as all of his successors have done so over the past two years.
U.S. News reported in August that President Joe Biden had finally tested negative for the virus after testing positive for seven straight days. Biden had first tested positive on July 21 and went into isolation in the White House and soon emerged a few days later after taking the Paxlovid antiviral, only to go back into isolation again for a week with a so-called “rebound” infection.
Prior to that, The Hill reported in March that former President Barack Obama had tested positive for the virus, and he had similarly reported rather mild symptoms and expressed gratitude for being fully vaccinated and boosted while he simultaneously encouraged others to achieve that status as well.
Then, of course, per Reuters, there was then-President Donald Trump’s infamous bout with COVID-19 during the initial waves of the pandemic in October 2020, which actually resulted in him being hospitalized for a few days, though he ultimately recovered thanks to an assortment of medications and treatments.