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

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 20, 2022.

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President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 again on Saturday after consecutive days of testing negative for the virus, his doctor said.

Biden, 79, has no new symptoms and “continues to feel pretty good,” Dr. Biden said. Kevin O’Connor said in a note shared by the White House.

But he will nevertheless “relaunch strict isolation procedures”, wrote the presidential doctor.

Biden acknowledged his latest positive in a tweet, saying he was asymptomatic but would self-isolate “for the safety of everyone around me.”

“Still at work and will be back on the road soon,” the president’s tweet read.

O’Connor had previously warned of the potential for a “rebound” in positive test results, a phenomenon among a small percentage of patients who, like Biden, have used the antiviral drug Paxlovid as part of their treatment.

Biden had accordingly “increased his testing cadence, both to protect those around him and to ensure early detection of any return of viral replication,” O’Connor wrote in the latest memo released Saturday. afternoon.

The president tested negative for Covid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but tested positive on Saturday morning from an antigen test. “It’s a fact that represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” the doctor wrote.

Biden’s age puts him at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid. People over 65 account for more than 81% of deaths from the virus, which has killed more than 1 million people in the United States alone, according to CDC.

“The President has had no recurrence of symptoms and continues to feel reasonably well. That being so, there is no reason to resume treatment at this time, but we will obviously continue to observe closely,” O wrote. ‘Connor.

“However, given his positive antigen test, he will reset strict isolation procedures. As I have said previously, the President continues to be very particularly diligent in protecting any member of the Executive Residence, White House , Secret Service, and other personnel whose duties require close proximity (albeit socially distant) to him,” O’Connor wrote.

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