Anderson Cooper tests positive for COVID-19

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be off “Anderson Cooper 360” for the time being.

Cooper announced the news April 11, 2022, and missed that night’s broadcast.

“New Day” anchor John Berman, who regularly fills in for Cooper, anchored the show that evening.

Cooper did not indicate when he expects to be back at work or if he is experiencing any symptoms.

“Just tested positive for Covid. Thankfully the kids are negative. Hope to get back to work soon,” Cooper posted on an Instagram story April 11 along with a photo of him apparently laying down.

WarnerMedia, the former owner of CNN, had required all of its salaried and non-union workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Cooper is the co-parent of two young children.

His infection comes as the highly contagious BA.2 Omicron variant has caused an uptick in cases across the U.S. Although numbers are still well under previous surges, at least one major city, Philadelphia, is reinstating its indoor mask mandate in the coming days due to the increased cases.

New York City, where Cooper lives and works, is also seeing an increase in cases.

It’s not immediately clear if Cooper has BA.2. Not all tests are analyzed for specific variants.

Medical experts continue to advise the public to get vaccinated if they are not already or to receive any boosters for which they are eligible.

Coronavirus vaccines and boosters are highly recommended by multiple public health officials and experts. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters have undergone extensive testing and monitoring to ensure their safety. Scientific research has shown the vaccines and boosters to be very safe and highly effective in decreasing the likelihood of contracting the illness and, if one does become sick, symptoms are less severe and less likely to lead to hospitalization or death. For more information about COVID-19 and coronavirus, visit the CDC website. You can locate a free vaccination site or clinic near you at Vaccines.gov. As with any medical decision, you should always discuss your options with your doctor.