U.S. President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19, the White House revealed.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told the press that the President is only experiencing “very mild symptoms.” The 79-year-old chief executive is fully vaccinated and has already secure two booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
A statement from the White House said:
This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time.
He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.
Consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.
While this is so, President Biden has assured them that he will continue discharging his job. A photo was attach on President Biden’s Twitter account with the caption, “Folks, I’m doing great. Thanks for your concern.”
After the photo, Biden posted a video of him standing on the White House balcony saying. “Keep the faith, it’s going to be okay.”
According to the press secretary, the President is periodically taking Paxlovid from Pfizer, an antiviral pill for patients who test positive for Covid-19. The pill lessens the risk of hospitalization and complication.
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Kevin O’Connor, the physician at the White House, said that Biden experiences dry cough, runny nose, and fatigue. “I anticipate that he will respond favorably, as most maximally protected patients do,” O’Connor said.
Jill Biden, the country’s first lady, told the media that her husband is “feeling good.”
“I talked to him just a few minutes ago, he’s doing fine,” she added. While a close contact of the President, Jill tested negative.
However, the President will continue working with other matters of state.
The official White House statement added:
Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.
Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel. The President’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday when he had a negative test result.
Prior to being Test positive
Before testing positive for the virus, Biden went to Massachusetts for an event addressing climate change. At the event, Biden was with lawmakers and officials, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Market, as well as climate advisor Gina McCarthy and John Kerry.
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Under CDC guidelines, it’s unsure if the people with Biden during the event can be examine close contact.
Vice President Kamala Harris, on the other hand, was on a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina. Harris was assume to meet with Biden and other officials and discuss matters about investments in high-speed internet.
Despite the announcement, Jill Biden will continue with her schedule in Detroit. The first lady will go to public schools and address some concerns relating to mental health issues of students and other issues surrounding pedadogy and Covid-19.
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