After testing negative for Covid for several days in a succession, President Joe Biden tested positive for the drug again late Saturday morning in a “rebound” case, according to his doctor, who reported the results in an letter.
“The President tested positive late Saturday morning by antigen testing after testing negative on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning, and Friday morning. Indeed, this demonstrates’rebound’ optimism, according to White House physician Dr. Kevin OConnor.
According to O’Connor, 79-year-old Biden has not had any recurrence of his symptoms and is still in good health. Given this information, there is no justification for restarting treatment at this time, although we will undoubtedly keep a careful eye on the patient.
The doctor continued, “He will, however, return to severe isolation precautions.”
According to a White House representative, contact tracing is being done to identify close contacts.
According to her press secretary, Kirsten Allen, Vice President Kamala Harris is not regarded as a close contact and tested negative for Covid-19 on Friday.
On July 21, during a regular test, Biden, who has received all of his shots and has had two boosters, tested positive for Covid. He was then treated with the antiviral Paxlovid.
A tiny percentage of Paxlovid users experience a rebound effect. One to two percent of those receiving Paxlovid in Pfizers clinical trial had previously negative coronavirus tests turn positive. Rebound rates for the tens of thousands of individuals who have used the medication in real-world circumstances are around 5%, the White House Covid response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, stated at a recent news conference.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about potential recurrences and advised those who tested positive again to restart isolation for at least five days because they might still be contagious.
Folks, I tested positive for COVID once more today. A small fraction of people experience this, the president tweeted on Saturday. “I don’t have any symptoms, but I’m going to isolate myself for the sake of everyone nearby.” I’m still working but I’ll soon be back on the road.
Wednesday marked the end of his five-day solitude. O’Connor reported his problems had nearly entirely disappeared at the time.
On Thursday, Biden spoke in the State Dining Room and took part in a roundtable discussion with government representatives and some CEOs. He didn’t cover his face at either occasion.
According to advice from the CDC, a White House representative stated on Saturday that Biden will wear a mask with other people through Day 10.
“We made sure that there is enough distance between him and others to allow him to safely remove his mask when he was at a podium or similar occasion,” the official stated. “At those events, he kept his distance from other people.
Biden underwent Paxlovid rebound, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical advisor, who had Covid in June.