White House says Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 again
Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 again, three days after announcing he was negative and was resuming White House activities.
US President’s doctor Kevin O’Connor said Biden’s case was an example of the “rebound” positivity that sometimes occurs in patients who have taken Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral drug.
“The president has not experienced a re-emergence of symptoms and is feeling quite well,” O’Connor said.
The doctor said he saw no reason for Biden to “resume treatment” but that he would be closely monitored. The 79-year-old will follow “strict isolation procedures”.
The president was due to travel to Wilmington, Delaware over the weekend. Earlier on Saturday, the White House announced that the president would visit Hemlock, Michigan, on Tuesday to deliver a speech on the impact of the $280 billion Chips and Science Act, which was passed by Congress on Thursday and aims to boost American semiconductors. is to revive. Business. Both the trips have been cancelled.
Biden was prescribed Paxlovid, which is recommended for COVID patients in the US who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms and are at high risk of developing severe illness.
While the drug has been lauded for preventing some of the worst effects of COVID-19 in older patients or patients with pre-existing conditions, some have reported “rebound” COVID cases two to eight days after testing negative. .
For example, Biden tested negative for the virus on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning before his rebound positive case on Saturday morning, O’Connor said.
While most patients report that their rebound cases have come with mild symptoms, others, including Biden’s chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, say they were actually ill during the rebound.
During his first round of PaxLovid, Fauci said he felt “really quite well” apart from some fatigue and congestion, but continued to test positive again three days after initially testing negative. At the time he began to feel “really bad” and “very bad” during his first bout, the doctor recalled at the Foreign Policy Global Health Forum in June.