US President Joe Biden will return to self-isolation after testing positive for COVID again.
White House physician Kevin O’Connor said on Saturday that President Joe Biden had tested positive for COVID-19 again, just days after recovering from his previous case of the virus. He has no symptoms, but he will continue to self-isolate.
Biden experiences what O’Connor calls “‘rebound’ positivity,” which can occur in a small percentage of patients taking the drug Paxlovid.
Biden tweeted that he is “still at work” but self-isolating “for the safety of everyone around me.”
Friends, today I tested positive for COVID again.
It happens with a small minority of people.
I have no symptoms but will self-isolate for the safety of everyone around me.
I’m still at work and will be back on the road soon.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 30, 2022
The US president was first diagnosed with COVID less than two weeks ago. The 79-year-old president was placed in solitary confinement and started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment from Pfizer, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in a statement announcing his diagnosis. He only experienced minor symptoms.
Biden tested negative after five days and was released from solitary confinement on Tuesday evening. His doctor said he tested negative on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. A positive test resulted from Saturday morning.
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