WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has twice tested negative for COVID-19, ending his isolation six days after his July 21 positive test.
“My symptoms were mild, my recovery was quick and I feel great,” Biden said in remarks from the Rose Garden.
The president remains “fever-free,” Biden’s physician Kevin O’Connor wrote in a letter Wednesday, and his symptoms are “improving steadily and almost completely resolved.”
He said Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday morning and may discontinue his strict isolation measures.
Biden had continued to work, remaining in isolation at the White House until he tested negative. Biden completed a five-day, 36-hour Paxlovid sago course, O’Connor said.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say people who test positive can go out in public after five days if they wear a properly fitting mask, regardless of the test result.
The White House took the extra step of waiting for Biden to receive a negative antigen test result.
During his isolation, the White House provided daily updates on Biden’s condition.
Biden tested positive long after numerous top aides, cabinet members, the vice president and even his chief medical adviser were infected with COVID.
Officials said they know Biden could also test positive and have a plan ready to deal with that.
He was put on Paxlovid, a home-based antiviral therapy for people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Biden, 79, was at risk due to his age.
Some people who have received Paxlovid have had rebound infections, which can occur just days after testing negative.
In the small proportion of Paxlovid patients whose infections return, they do not get sick enough to require hospitalization, according to COVID-19 response coordinator Dr Ashish Jha.
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