Biden experiences Covid rebound after treatment with Paxlovid course

He should now self-isolate for five more days, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Biden’s comeback symptoms are an example of a rebound case of Covid-19, a phenomenon that occurred in some cases after people took Paxlovid.

Biden is self-isolating in the White House residence and will not leave, as planned, for his Delaware home on Sunday to join the first lady. “He’s not going to Delaware or Michigan and he’s self-isolating in the White House residence,” a White House official said.

The president was not masked at public events he attended at the end of the week, which conflicts with CDC guidelines that people should wear a mask for 10 days after a Covid infection.

Biden tweeted about another positive test on Saturday. “Friends, today I tested positive for COVID again. This happens with a small minority of people. I’m still at work and will be back on the road soon,” he tweeted.

The president experienced mild symptoms on the upper floors of the White House after testing positive for Covid-19 a week ago on Thursday. He completed an initial five-day course of Paxlovid, an antiviral therapy from Pfizer, on Monday, and on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning the president tested negative for Covid-19 and ended the isolation.

At the end of May, the CDC issued a health advisory on the recurrence of symptoms and noted that there were no cases of serious illness as part of this rebound. The agency also said there is currently no evidence that a second cycle of Paxlovid is needed for these symptoms to resolve.

However, that hasn’t stopped some doctors from prescribing their patients a second round of Paxlovid out of an abundance of caution. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, received two antiviral treatments after experiencing a similar rebound in symptoms.