President Joe Biden ended his recent COVID-19 isolation and on Sunday left the White House for the first time since being infected with the coronavirus last month and met for a reunion with First Lady Jill Biden in her home state of Delaware.
The president tested negative on Saturday and Sunday, according to his doctor, paving the way for him to emerge from an isolation that has lasted longer than expected due to a rebound case of the virus. “He will surely return to public engagements and presidential trips,” wrote Dr. Kevin O’Connor.
“I’m feeling great,” Biden said before boarding Marine One in front of the White House.
The Bidens were scheduled to spend the day at Rehoboth Beach, a popular vacation spot.
Biden originally tested positive on July 21 and began taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which is said to reduce the chance of serious illness from the virus. According to his doctor, Biden’s vital signs remained normal throughout his infection, but his symptoms included a runny nose, cough, sore throat and body aches.
After being isolated for several days, Biden tested negative on July 26-27 while delivering a speech in the Rose Garden, telling Americans they could live “without fear” of the virus if they got booster shots themselves test yourself for the virus when you get sick and seek treatments.
But Biden caught a rare rebound case of COVID-19 on July 30, forcing him to once again isolate himself. Occasionally, he gave speeches from a White House balcony, such as when he flagged the assassination of an al-Qaeda leader or a strong job report.
He continued to test positive until Saturday when he received his first negative result. While the president isolating himself at the White House residence, the first lady stayed in Delaware.
The Bidens are scheduled to visit Kentucky Monday to view flood damage and meet with families.
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