President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19

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President Joe Biden has examined constructive for COVID-19, the White House announced today. Biden is experiencing gentle signs and has began taking Paxlovid, an antiviral remedy.

The information comes amid a wave of COVID-19 infections sweeping the nation, pushed by the extremely transmissible BA.5 variant. Biden spent a part of yesterday touring and gave a speech in regards to the administration’s clear vitality targets in Massachusetts.

Within the week earlier than the constructive check, NPR reports that the president had additionally “lingered for prolonged conversations, posed for photos and gave hugs on the Congressional Picnic on the White Home South Garden.” Throughout a four-day journey to the Center East, he shook arms with leaders within the area and attended conferences and different occasions with out carrying a masks, NPR mentioned.

A letter from Biden’s physician signifies that his signs are pretty gentle and include fatigue, a runny nostril, and a dry cough, which began on Wednesday night.

The letter, addressed to White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, says that the physician anticipates that Biden will reply favorably to Paxlovid remedy on condition that Biden is “maximally protected” — aka he’s totally vaccinated towards the virus and has had two boosters.

At 79 years outdated, Biden’s age places him at increased risk of serious symptoms from COVID-19, although unvaccinated older adults are at a lot greater threat than the double-boosted president. The White Home says he’ll isolate till he exams unfavourable, and that he “will proceed to hold out all of his duties totally throughout that point.”

Biden’s predecessor, former President Donald Trump, also tested positive for COVID-19 whereas in workplace. On the time, in 2020, there have been no vaccines obtainable. Trump was hospitalized and given an experimental antibody treatment.

COVID-19 has been a defining think about Biden’s presidency. On his first full day in workplace, he launched a national pandemic strategy. That plan’s effectiveness has been mixed, sophisticated by rising variants which have unfold quickly around the globe.

Throughout the White Home, staffers and officers are required to check earlier than coming into contact with the president, and conferences are socially distanced although masks are elective, ABC News reported in April throughout an uptick in instances close to the president. On the time, the White Home press secretary Jen Psaki conceded that it was potential that Biden may get COVID-19 however mentioned there have been no plans to extend testing or require masks across the president.

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