Biden checks constructive for COVID once more, returns to isolation

Biden checks constructive for COVID once more, returns to isolation

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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has examined constructive for COVID-19 for the second time and is returning to isolation, his White Home physician stated Saturday, attributing the end result to a “rebound” constructive from the therapy the US president obtained.

Biden “examined constructive late Saturday morning, by antigen check,” following 4 consecutive days of unfavorable checks, and “will resume strict isolation procedures,” it wrote by the president’s doctor Kevin O’Connor in a memorandum.

“This in truth represents a ‘rebound’ constructive,” O’Connor stated, referring to a scenario the place sufferers handled with the drug Paxlovid — as Biden did — cleared the virus however examined constructive. who’re constructive after finishing their course.

“The president has not skilled a re-emergence of signs and continues to really feel effectively. As that is the case, there isn’t a cause to restart therapy presently,” he added.

In a tweet, Biden appeared to hunt to downplay the scenario.

“Compatriots, as we speak I examined constructive for COVID once more. This occurs to a small minority of individuals,” he wrote. “I’ve no signs however I’ll isolate for the protection of everybody round me. I’m nonetheless at work, and can be again on the street quickly.”

Biden canceled deliberate journeys to Delaware and Michigan, the White Home stated.

‘Notably sincere’

The second constructive check got here simply three days after O’Connor stated Biden examined unfavorable and didn’t have to be remoted, which he has been doing since receiving the primary constructive end result on July 21.

Biden has for probably the most half been remarkably cautious about observing Covid protocols – in distinction to his predecessor Donald Trump, who generally mocked masks wearers.

“The President continues to be notably dedicated to defending any of the Govt Residence, the White Home, the Secret Service and different employees whose duties require any (even socially distanced) proximity to him,” stated O ‘Connor.

Because the oldest US president in historical past — he turns 80 in November — Biden’s well being receives fixed consideration.

On Wednesday, he ended his earlier five-day COVID isolation, showing in excessive spirits as he informed cheering aides that his speedy restoration ought to encourage People to make the most of free vaccines and therapy.

He in contrast his apparently fast restoration to Trump’s extra severe bout with the illness in October 2020, earlier than vaccines have been accessible.

“When my predecessor obtained COVID, he needed to be helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Middle,” Biden stated. “He was very sick. Thankfully, he recovered. Once I obtained COVID, I labored upstairs on the White Home.”

He added that being totally vaccinated, getting preventive checks, then utilizing Paxlovid therapeutic prevents deaths and is offered freed from cost.

“You do not have to be president to get these instruments,” he stated.

O’Connor warned after Biden was cleared of his first spherical of COVID that the president would put on a masks for 10 days when within the firm of others and would proceed to be examined often in case of a “rebound.”

O’Connor stated Biden is mostly in good well being. He was totally vaccinated and obtained two booster pictures in opposition to the coronavirus.

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