Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has revealed she tested positive for coronavirus and is encouraging Americans to wear masks – less than a year after she backed a Dallas salon owner who was jailed for defying lockdown orders.
Palin, 57, confirmed her COVID-19 diagnosis in an interview with People magazine published Wednesday.
Palin said she and some of her family members tested positive, including her 12-year-old son Trig, who has Down syndrome.
Palin and her son ‘buckled down in isolated quarantine’ but then ‘symptoms started overnight with a slight fever and sore muscles,’ she said.
‘As confident as I’d like to be about my own health, and despite my joking that I’m blessed to constantly breathe in the most sterile air, my case is perhaps one of those that proves anyone can catch this,’ the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and television personality said.
The virus worked its way through her household, with her daughter first exhibiting symptoms, Palin said.
One of my daughters awoke to having lost her sense of taste and smell [and] immediately had a positive COVID test, then was quarantined in isolation,’ she said.
After initially testing negative, Palin said she developed coronavirus symptoms ‘overnight’ and suffered a fever, muscle soreness and loss of taste and smell.
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It was unmistakable that ‘COVID caught me,’ she said.
‘That day I finally tested positive — like millions of other Americans,’ she said.
Palin then observed symptoms in son Trig.
‘There are more viruses than there are stars in the sky, meaning we’ll never avoid every source of illness or danger,’ she said. ‘But please be vigilant, don’t be frightened, and I advise reprioritizing some personal time and resources to ensure as healthy a lifestyle as you can create so when viruses do hit, you have at least some armor to fight it.’
In May 2020, Palin visited a Dallas salon to show support for the owner, who was jailed for ignoring multiple court orders to close the business in compliance with county health regulations concerning the coronavirus pandemic.
Recent polls have shown that while more Americans say they will get vaccinated when eligible, a PBS poll released earlier this month showed that 49 percent of Republican men say they don’t intend to get the vaccine, People reported.