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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is encouraging Americans to wear masks after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The 57-year-old former vice presidential candidate revealed the diagnosis in an interview Wednesday with People magazine, telling the outlet that she and members of her family likely contracted the virus through one of her children.
“[O]ne of my daughters awoke to having lost her sense of taste and smell [and] immediately had a positive COVID test,” the 2008 GOP running mate said, adding that the unidentified daughter “then was quarantined in isolation.”
Palin’s youngest son Trig, 12, was the next one to fall ill, she told the magazine.
“I then observed symptoms in my son Trig, who curiously is the most enthusiastic mask-wearer, and after our numerous negative tests over the year, he tested positive,” she said.
“Children with special needs are vulnerable to COVID ramifications, so with a high fever he was prescribed azithromycin, which really seemed to help, and I increased amounts of vitamins I put in his puréed food,” she continued.
Trig has Down syndrome, which occurs in individuals born with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome.
One in every 700 people in the US are born with the intellectual disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After Trig tested positive, Palin said she and her son “buckled down in isolated quarantine” and initially, she “still tested negative.”
Long term, however, the former governor couldn’t keep herself from contracting the virus and “symptoms started overnight with a slight fever and sore muscles.”
Eventually, Palin said she developed some of the “bizarre” symptoms of the virus, including loss of taste and smell, saying she believed it was “unmistakable COVID caught me.”
“That day I finally tested positive — like millions of other Americans,” she continued.
The Republican lawmaker told the magazine that the virus can “really knock you down,” and went on to encourage all Americans to wear masks, regardless of political affiliation.
“I strongly encourage everyone to use common sense to avoid spreading this and every other virus out there. 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.”
The former running mate went on to joke about her time on Fox’s “The Masked Singer,” a reality show on which she was a contestant while reiterating her messaging on masks.
“Through it all, I view wearing that cumbersome mask indoors in a crowd as not only allowing the newfound luxury of being incognito, but trust it’s better than doing nothing to slow the spread.
“And history will show we Masked Singer visitors were masked before being masked was cool.”
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