Joe Biden tests positive for Covid-19 again, White House says

Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 again, three days after announcing he was negative and resuming his activities in person at the White House.

The US president’s doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said Biden’s case was an example of “rebound” positivity, which sometimes occurs in patients who have taken Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral drug.

“The president has experienced no recurrence of symptoms and continues to feel reasonably well,” O’Connor said.

The doctor said he saw no reason to “restart treatment” for Biden but would be watched closely. The 79-year-old is said to be observing “strict isolation procedures”.

The president was due to return home to Wilmington, Delaware this weekend. Earlier Saturday, the White House announced that the president would travel to Hemlock, Michigan, on Tuesday to deliver a speech on the impact of the $280 billion Chips and Science Act, which passed Congress on Thursday and aims to revitalize the United States. semiconductor company.

It was unclear if Biden’s trip to Michigan will still happen.

Biden was prescribed Paxlovid, which was recommended for Covid patients in the United States who have mild to moderate symptoms and are at high risk of developing serious illness.

While the drug has been hailed for preventing some of the worst effects of Covid-19 in elderly patients or patients with pre-existing conditions, some have reported cases of Covid “rebounding” two to eight days after testing negative.

Biden, for example, tested negative for the virus on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning before rebounding positive on Saturday morning, O’Connor said.

While most patients report that their cases of rebound come with milder symptoms, others, including Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, say they were actually sicker during the rebound.

During his first round of Paxlovid, Fauci said he felt “really great” apart from a bit of fatigue and congestion, but tested positive again three days after initially testing negative. At that point, he started feeling “really bad” and “much worse” than he had been in his first fight, the doctor recalled at the Foreign Policy Global Health Forum in June.

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