The Perfect Enemy | Biden ‘not surprisingly’ remains infected with COVID-19 as he recovers from ‘rebound’ case
August 11, 2022

Biden ‘not surprisingly’ remains infected with COVID-19 as he recovers from ‘rebound’ case

Biden ‘not surprisingly’ remains infected with COVID-19 as he recovers from ‘rebound’ case  USA TODAYView Full Coverage on Google News

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  • Biden remains isolated at the White House and canceled trips to Delaware and Michigan
  • Biden’s physician said the president “continues to feel well” but “not surprisingly” tested positive Sunday.
  • Paxlovid is an at-home antiviral therapy for those at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden remains infected with COVID-19 as he recovers from a “rebound” case tied to his use of the antiviral medication Paxlovid

Kevin O’Connor, physician for the president, said in a letter Sunday that Biden “continues to feel well” but he “not surprisingly” tested positive again Sunday for COVID-19.

Biden remains isolated at the White House. 

Paxlovid is an at-home antiviral therapy for those at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Biden, 79, was at risk because of his age. He has been vaccinated and boosted against the virus.

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Biden, who first tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21, tested positive again for COVID-19 Saturday morning after being cleared of the virus. He had tested negative Tuesday, Wednesday, prompting him to end his first isolation period, and again Thursday and Friday.

Some people who have received Paxlovid have gotten rebound COVID-19 infections, which can happen as soon as a few days after testing negative. 

The president, who is receiving daily testing, plans to remain in isolation until he tests negative for COVID-19.

The president canceled trips he planned to take Saturday to his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and Tuesday to Hemlock, Michigan, where he was scheduled to deliver remarks on the recently approved CHIPS and Science bill.

More:People treated with Paxlovid who get rebound COVID should isolate again for 5 days, CDC advises

The White House released a video Sunday of Biden speaking virtually with supporters of legislation to provide care for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, which has stalled in the Senate because of Republican opposition.

“I’d planned to stop by the Capitol and visit families fighting to pass burn pits legislation,” Biden said on Twitter. “COVID got in the way, so I FaceTimed them and sent some pizza. 

“It’s our sacred obligation to care for our veterans. I won’t stop fighting alongside them to get this bill passed.”

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