Biden still tests positive for COVID, says White House doctor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second day in a row, in what appears to be a rare case of “rebound” after treatment with an antiviral drug.

In a letter noting the positive test, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the White House physician, said Sunday that the president “continues to feel well” and will continue to work from the executive residence while in isolation.

Biden tested positive on Saturday, forcing him to cancel travel and in-person events as he self-isolates for at least five days under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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After initially testing positive on July 21, Biden, 79, was treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovid. He tested negative for the virus last Tuesday and Wednesday, clearing him to leave solitary confinement while wearing a mask indoors.

Research suggests that a minority of those who have been prescribed Paxlovid experience a rebound case of the virus. The fact that a rebound rather than a reinfection eventually occurred is a positive sign for Biden’s health once he is clear of the disease.

“The fact that the president has cleared his disease and has no symptoms is a good sign and reduces the risk of him developing long COVID,” said Dr. Albert Ho, an infectious disease specialist at the school of public health from Yale University.


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