US President Joe Biden speaks to the media as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, USA, July 20, 2022.
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the president Joe Biden He tested positive for Covid-19 again on Saturday after testing negative for the virus for several consecutive days, his doctor said.
Biden, 79, has no new symptoms and “continues to feel reasonably well.” Kevin O’Connor said at memo shares the White House.
But he will nonetheless “reinstate strict isolation procedures,” the presidential doctor wrote.
Biden, who is fully vaccinated and received two booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, tweeted Saturday afternoon that he has no symptoms but will be in isolation “for the safety of everyone around me.”
“I’m still at work and will be back on the road soon,” the president tweeted.
O’Connor was pre-warned or potential for “rebound” in positive test resultsa phenomenon among a small percentage of patients who, like Biden, used the antiviral drug Paxlovid as part of their treatment.
Accordingly, Biden “increased the frequency of testing, both to protect people around him and to ensure early detection of any resumption of virus replication,” O’Connor wrote in the latest memo, which was released Saturday afternoon.
The president tested negative for Covid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but tested positive on Saturday morning as a result of an antigen test. “In fact, this represents a “rebound” of positive,” the doctor wrote.
Biden’s age puts him at higher risk for severe Covid disease. People over 65 account for more than 81% of deaths from the virus, which has killed more than 1 million people in the US independently, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The president first positive for Covid on July 21st.. According to O’Connor, he had “mild symptoms” including a dry cough, runny nose and fatigue. Biden began to work in isolation, but returned to the Oval Office five days later after testing negative for Covid twice within 24 hours.
“The President has not had a recurrence of symptoms and continues to do reasonably well,” O’Connor wrote in a note Saturday after Biden’s rebound test. “In this case, there is no reason to resume treatment at this time, but we will obviously continue to monitor closely.”
“However, given his positive antigen test, he will resume strict isolation procedures. As I said before, the President remains very conscientious in protecting any of the President’s residence, the White House, the Secret Service and other employees whose duties require any (albeit socially distancing) proximity to him,” O’Connor wrote.