President Biden was in high spirits on Sunday as he emerged from COVID-19 isolation and left the White House for a trip to Delaware.
“I feel great,” said Biden, 79, who was first infected with the virus last month before jumping on Marine One outside the White House.
The president, who caught a rebound case of the disease, tested negative on Saturday and Sunday, and his doctor gave him the green light to join First Lady Jill Biden in Delaware.
“He will return to public engagement and presidential travel,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote.
Biden and his wife were to spend the day at the Rehoboth Beach vacation spot.
The president tested positive for coronavirus on July 21 and started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug believed to reduce the risk of serious illness from the disease.
He initially cleared solitary confinement several days later and returned to work at the West Wing, always wearing a mask when in close contact with others, after testing negative for the virus on the 26th and July 27.
But he caught COVID again on July 30, which pushed him back into quarantine, although he occasionally gave speeches outside the White House balcony, including when the al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by US forces last week.
He continued to test positive in his second COVID bout until Saturday when he finally tested negative. His doctor said he would not allow Biden to return to normal movements until he received a second consecutive negative test.
While infected, Biden had a runny rose, cough, sore throat and body aches, but his vital signs remained normal, O’Connor said.
The Bidens are scheduled to meet families in Kentucky on Monday after horrific flooding in the area killed dozens and caused extensive damage.
With post wires
New York Post