New York, NY — On September 14, 2021 Chelsea Manning tested positive for the Coronavirus. She is exhibiting mild symptoms, has consulted a physician, and will be quarantining until October 1, 2021. In response to learning about her prognosis Chelsea Manning has issued the following statement:
“On September 14th I tested positive for Coronavirus after accompanying a friend who had cold-like symptoms to get tested. I immediately quarantined, consulted a doctor, and have since developed symptoms. Sadly, I will need to cancel some public engagements, and participate remotely in others, while I remain under quarantine until October 1st, 2021. I’m fine and thankfully due to the benefits of the vaccine my symptoms are very mild. My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and grieving as a result of this horrible virus and I look forward to a day when we can put all of this behind us.
“While I may not share the same influence as a multi-platinum recording artist, I recognize the importance of transparency, and recognize the threat misinformation poses to the health and wellbeing of diverse communities both online and off. So I’ll just say this… vaccines work, masks work, testing works, healthcare is a right, and we all need to support each other.
“See you soon, Chelsea.”