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U.S President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19, the White House revealed in an official statement.
The President is experiencing very mild symptoms, said the White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre. The country’s executive is fully vaccinated and has already received two booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Here is the statement from the White House:
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.
With all of this going on, President Biden has assured his constituents that he will continue to attain his tasks. A photo was posted on Twitter featuring him and a caption, “Folks, I’m doing great. Thanks for your concern.”
The President then shared a video of him standing on the White House balcony while saying, “Keep the faith, it’s going to be okay.”
The President is taking a pill from Pfizer called Paxlovid, an antiviral for patients who test positive for the virus. This helps lessen the risk of complications and hospitalization.
Joe Biden has been dealing with the usual symptoms of Covid-19. Among it being dry cough, runny nose and fatigue, says Kevin O’Connor, the physician at the White House. However, in a press interview, O’Connor told the media, “I anticipate that he will respond favorably, as most maximally protected patients do,”
The President’s wife, Jill Biden, said that her husband has been “feeling good” despite testing positive.
“I talked to him just a few minutes ago, he’s doing fine,” Jill added. The first lady is a close contact with the President, but thankfully, she tested negative after a series of tests.
The President is in a restricted state and will remain isolated until there is a diagnosis from an authorized medical professional declaring him Covid-free; all meetings will be put on hold for the time being, but he’ll continue working with other matters of national importance.
The official White House statement continued:
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 testing positive for Covid
Drawn by his commitments to addressing climate change, Biden went to an event in Massachusetts before testing positive for the virus. At the event, he was joined by several officials and lawmakers, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Market. Climate advisors John Kerry and Gina McCarthy were also present in the event.
It is unsure if the people with Biden during this event can be considered close contact as per the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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