Biden tests positive again for COVID days after initial recovery

President Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday, days after recovering from his first battle with the virus.

Biden, 79, posted on Twitter that so-called “rebound” cases like this occur “in a small minority of people” who have been prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid to treat the bug.

“Guys, today I tested positive for COVID again. I have no symptoms but will isolate for the safety of everyone around me,” the tweet said. “I’m still at work and will be back on the road soon.”

Biden first tested positive for COVID on July 21 and subsequently tested negative Tuesday night after being administered the Paxlovid.

The White House doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter Saturday that Biden was among “a small percentage” of Paxlovid recipients who have seen their symptoms “recover.”

Biden has tested positive on an antigen test and will isolate himself if contagious, O’Connor said.

“After testing negative on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning, the President tested positive by antigen testing late Saturday morning,” the publicly released medical note said.

But the president has no symptoms, the letter said. As a result, O’Connor said Biden was not prescribed any additional medication.

The President’s scheduled trips to Delaware and Michigan this week have been canceled, the White House said. Biden had hoped to help fund high-tech manufacturing in Great Lake State; It is unclear if he will now attend the event virtually.

President Biden announced that he tested positive again for COVID-19 on Twitter.
President Biden announced that he tested positive again for COVID-19 on Twitter.
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“The President has experienced no recurrence of symptoms and remains reasonably well,” O’Connor wrote. “In light of this, there is currently no reason to resume treatment, but we will of course continue to monitor the observation closely.”

O’Conner added that Biden “remains very diligent in protecting his employees.”

Biden last week urged Americans to resume wearing face masks indoors – even as he attended several unmasked events during his three-day streak of virus remission.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not advise mask wearing in regions where COVID cases are low, but does advise people who have tested positive for the virus in the past 10 days.

Biden turns 80 in November, putting him at greater risk of serious illness from the contagion.

He will be re-isolated in accordance with CDC guidelines for at least five days and is in White House isolation until he tests negative.

The President took Paxlovid to treat the virus.
The President took Paxlovid to treat the virus.
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His first COVID symptoms included fatigue, a dry cough and a runny nose.

Biden advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, also experienced a rebound after contracting COVID and taking Paxlovid in June. His symptoms the second time around were so bad that he decided to take the drug again.

About 40,000 Paxlovid prescriptions are issued in the US every day, according to The Atlantic.

With postal wires Biden tests positive again for COVID days after initial recovery


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