Dr. Vivek Murthy, his wife and children all have COVID-19, the Surgeon General tweeted on Friday.
Her 4-year-old daughter fell ill first and the other three Murthys tested positive despite being vaccinated.
“If you did everything you could and still got COVID-19, don’t worry,” Murthy said.
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy announced Friday that he and his immediate family have all tested positive for COVID-19.
In one series of tweets, Murthy shared that he and his wife, Alice, and his 5-year-old son fell ill days after his 4-year-old daughter tested positive. All three of them were vaccinated and fortified, providing some peace of mind and protection against serious illness, Murthy wrote.
Her daughter is too young to be vaccinated, as no COVID-19 vaccine has been licensed for children under five. She initially had a fever and sore throat, Murthy tweeted on Tuesday, but was “well” when Murthy posted an update on Friday.
All four family members are dealing with relatively mild symptoms, Murthy said. He reported muscle aches, chills and a sore throat, while he said his wife suffered from headaches and fatigue. Both children had fevers, he said, although his daughter had worse congestion and a cough than her brother’s runny nose.
Murthy said he and his wife were “trying to be safe” around their daughter after she tested positive, but ultimately the urge to comfort their children got the better of her.
“It’s hard when your kids are sick,” Murthy wrote. “You want to comfort them when they’re not well. That often requires being physically close.”
As a parent, Murthy said he felt reassured knowing that even if he or his wife were infected, the vaccine would prevent them from getting so sick that they would be unable to care for their children, or worse.
Even so, the Surgeon General acknowledged that contracting COVID-19 after taking recommended precautions can be a “frustrating” experience or even a source of shame.
“If you did everything you could and still got COVID-19, don’t worry,” Murthy added. “A lot of us are doing our best.”
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