U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 20, 2022.
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President Joe Biden on Saturday examined optimistic for Covid-19 as soon as once more after consecutive days of testing unfavourable for the virus, his doctor stated.
Biden, 79, is experiencing no new signs and “continues to feel quite well,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor stated in a memo shared by the White House.
But he’ll nonetheless “reinitiate strict isolation procedures,” the presidential doctor wrote.
Biden acknowledged his newest optimistic in a tweet, saying that he was asymptomatic however would isolate “for the safety of everyone around me.”
“I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon,” the president’s tweet stated.
O’Connor had beforehand warned of the potential for a “rebound” in optimistic check outcomes, a phenomenon amongst a small share of sufferers who, like Biden, used the antiviral medicine Paxlovid as a part of their therapy.
Biden had accordingly “increased his testing cadence, both to protect people around him and to assure early detection of any return of viral replication,” O’Connor wrote within the newest memo, which was made public Saturday afternoon.
The president examined unfavourable for Covid on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, however examined optimistic on Saturday morning from an antigen check. “This is fact represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” the physician wrote.
Biden’s age places him at larger danger of getting severely in poor health from Covid. People over age 65 account for greater than 81% of deaths from the virus, which has killed greater than 1 million individuals within the U.S. alone, in keeping with the CDC.
“The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well. This being the case, there is no reason to reinitiate treatment at this time, but we will obviously continues close observation,” O’Connor wrote.
“However, given his positive antigen test, he will reinitiate strict isolation procedures. As I’ve stated previously, the President continues to be very specifically conscientious to protect any of the Executive Residence, White House, Secret Service and other staff whose duties require any (albeit socially distanced) proximity to him,” O’Connor wrote.
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