Harvard president and wife positive for COVID-19 infection


Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow announced Tuesday that he and his wife, Adele, tested positive for the COVID-19 infection.

In a letter to the university community, Bacow wrote that he and his wife began having symptoms on Sunday, including a cough, then fevers with chills and muscle aches. On Monday, they contacted their doctors and were tested for the virus. They received confirmation of the positive results on Tuesday.

The couple will remain at home for two weeks in isolation while they recover, Bacow wrote.

Bacow is Harvard’s 29th president. Prior to his time at Harvard, he was president of Tufts University from 2001 to 2011, according to his biography  Harvard’s website.

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“This virus can lay anyone low,” Bacow said referring to his COVID-19 disease. “We all need to be vigilant and keep following guidelines to limit our contact with others.”


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