Sarah Palin encourages mask wearing to protect against COVID-19 after revealing her own diagnosis


Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has revealed she tested positive for coronavirus and is encouraging Americans to wear masks to help slow the spread of the virus.

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.

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.

Sarah Palin speaks to a crowd during a ‘Save America Bus Tour’ stop in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta, Georgia, on December 12, 2020. Palin confirmed her COVID-19 diagnosis in an interview with People magazine published Wednesday

The virus worked its way through her household, with her daughter first exhibiting symptoms, Palin said.

‘[O]ne 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.

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, who has Down syndrome. 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with her son, Trig. Palin says the coronavirus worked its way through her family, infecting herself, her daughter and Trig

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with her son, Trig. Palin says the coronavirus worked its way through her family, infecting herself, her daughter and Trig

Palin joked about her appearance on 'The Masked Singer' in an attempt to encourage Americans to wear masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus

Palin joked about her appearance on ‘The Masked Singer’ in an attempt to encourage Americans to wear masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus

‘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 said.

Palin encouraged Americans to wear masks, calling it ‘better than doing nothing.’

‘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,’ Palin said.

Palin said in a statement, ‘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.’ 

In a plea to others to continue wearing masks in public, Palin joked about her appearance last year on ‘The Masked Singer’ television program.

‘And history will show we ‘Masked Singer’ visitors were masked before being masked was cool,’ she said.

There was no indication in the interview about whether Palin has received a coronavirus vaccine shot.

In a September 2011 debate with Republican presidential candidates, Palin joined others onstage in criticizing Texas Gov. Rick Perry for issuing an executive order requiring sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, The New York Times reported.

U.S. COVID-19 case numbers as of March 31

U.S. COVID-19 case numbers as of March 31

The total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. as of March 31

The total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. as of March 31

The overall number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. fell during the month of March

The overall number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. fell during the month of March

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, CBS News reported

More than 30 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic and more than 550,000 people have died.

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. 



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