Biden tests positive for Covid once more, will restart isolation despite no new symptoms

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 20, 2022. 

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President Joe Biden on Saturday examined positive for Covid-19 as soon as once more after consecutive days of testing adverse for the virus, his doctor mentioned.

Biden, 79, is experiencing no new symptoms and “continues to feel quite well,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor mentioned in a memo shared by the White House.

But he will nonetheless “reinitiate strict isolation procedures,” the presidential doctor wrote.

Biden, who’s absolutely vaccinated and has acquired two booster pictures of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, tweeted Saturday afternoon that he was asymptomatic however would isolate “for the safety of everyone around me.”

“I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon,” the president’s tweet mentioned.

O’Connor had beforehand warned of the potential for a “rebound” in positive take a look at outcomes, a phenomenon amongst a small share of sufferers who, like Biden, used the antiviral treatment Paxlovid as a part of their remedy.

Biden had accordingly “increased his testing cadence, both to protect people around him and to assure early detection of any return of viral replication,” O’Connor wrote within the newest memo, which was made public Saturday afternoon.

The president examined adverse for Covid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, however examined positive on Saturday morning from an antigen take a look at. “This is fact represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” the physician wrote.

Biden’s age places him at larger danger of getting severely ailing from Covid. People over age 65 account for greater than 81% of deaths from the virus, which has killed greater than 1 million folks within the U.S. alone, in line with the CDC.

The president first examined positive for Covid on July 21. He felt “mild symptoms” together with a dry cough, runny nostril and fatigue, O’Connor mentioned on the time. Biden started working in isolation, however returned to the Oval Office 5 days later after testing adverse for Covid twice over a 24-hour interval.

“The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” O’Connor wrote in Saturday’s memo after Biden’s rebound take a look at. “This being the case, there is no reason to reinitiate treatment at this time, but we will obviously continues close observation.”

“However, given his positive antigen test, he will reinitiate strict isolation procedures. As I’ve stated previously, the President continues to be very specifically conscientious to protect any of the Executive Residence, White House, Secret Service and other staff whose duties require any (albeit socially distanced) proximity to him,” O’Connor wrote.

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