US leader will adhere to ‘strict isolation measures’ until second negative result, doctor says
President Joe Biden tested negative for Covid-19 on Saturday, but “in an abundance of caution” will remain in strict isolation under daily supervision until a second negative result confirms that he has beaten his “bounce” infection, according to White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor.
“The president continues to feel very good” O’Connor wrote in his daily update on Biden’s condition.
The US leader initially tested positive for Covid-19 on July 21, although he was fully vaccinated and received two boosters. He worked in solitary confinement for five days, while suffering from a mild cough and body aches, before testing negative last week.
However, just three days later, Biden tested positive again, with O’Connor noting that “a small percentage of” patients being treated for Covid-19 with Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral pill are likely to suffer from what is known as “bouncing covid positivity” – where they appear to recover from illness before falling ill again.
After his first bout with the virus, Biden described Paxlovid as a “game changer” in the fight against Covid-19, and urged Americans to get the pills from pharmacies nationwide.
“The limited information currently available from case reports suggests that people treated with Paxlovid who experience COVID-19 rebound have had mild disease; there are no reports of serious illness,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in May. The White House coronavirus czar, Dr. Anthony Fauci, also suffered such a reinfection when he treated his Covid-19 case with Paxlovid.
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