President Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and has mild symptoms

the president Joe Biden The White House said on Thursday that it has tested positive for Covid-19.

The 79-year-old president, who is fully vaccinated and received two booster shots for Covid, is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. Biden previously tested negative on Tuesday.

Biden has started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral pill that could reduce the risk of people testing positive for Covid being hospitalized, a spokesman said.

The president’s symptoms include a dry cough, runny nose and fatigue, White House physician Kevin O’Connor said. memorandum. These symptoms appeared on Wednesday evening, O’Connor said.

“I expect him to react favorably, as do most of the most protected patients,” the doctor added.

First lady Jill Biden told reporters in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday morning that her husband “feels good.”

“I spoke to him just a few minutes ago, he is fine,” Jill Biden said. She is considered a close contact with the president, but she tested negative for Covid on Thursday and is following CDC recommendations for social distancing, her office said in a statement.

Biden will work in isolation until he tests negative for the virus, Jean-Pierre said. On Thursday, he will hold all scheduled meetings remotely.

Jean-Pierre will host a press briefing at 2:00 pm ET, accompanied by the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, Dr. B. Ashish Jha.

(LR) US Representative Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and US Climate Special Envoy John Kerry follow US President Joe Biden before he will perform at the former site of the Brighton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts on July 20, 2022.

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Biden attended an event in Massachusetts on Wednesday to announce climate change policies. Legislators and administration officials in attendance included the senator. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Massachusetts, Climate Envoy John Kerry and Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy.

It was unclear if any of these officials are considered close contacts with Biden under CDC guidelines.

At the time of the White House announcement, Vice President Kamala Harris, 57, was flying an Air Force Two jet to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was to discuss the Biden administration’s high-speed internet investments and meet with state leaders, her office told NBC. According to NBC, the decision to change her schedule has not yet been made.

The first lady said she plans to keep her schedule in Detroit, where she was appointed. attend public schools and discuss how federal funds are being used to address Covid-related student mental health issues and learning disruptions.

Read the full White House statement:

President Biden tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. He is fully vaccinated, revaccinated twice and is experiencing very mild symptoms. He started taking Paxlovid. In accordance with the recommendations of the CDC, he will be isolated in the White House and will continue to fully perform all of his duties during this time. He contacted White House staff by phone this morning and will attend scheduled White House meetings this morning by phone and Zoom from the residence.

Under the White House’s protocol for positive COVID cases, which is outside the CDC’s guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. As soon as he gives a negative result, he will return to personal work.

Due to full transparency, the White House will provide daily updates on the President’s status as he continues to carry out his duties in office while in lockdown.

In accordance with standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Department will update all of the president’s close contacts during today, including any members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the president during yesterday’s trip. The President’s last previous test for COVID was on Tuesday when he tested negative.

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