President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced on Thursday.
The US leader is said to be experiencing “mild symptoms” and is taking Paxloid, an antiviral medicine used to treat symptoms of coronavirus.
Biden to work in isolation until COVID-negative
President Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement: “This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid.”
“Consistent with CDC guidelines,” announced Jean-Pierre, “he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.”
Jean-Pierre adds that “consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.”
Biden, 79, did not have a fever Thursday morning, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, told CNN. Biden has a runny nose, dry cough, and is experiencing some fatigue, Jha said.
First lady Jill Biden told reporters that she tested negative on Thursday morning.
“I talked to him just a few minutes ago,” she told Detroit reporters, and “He’s doing fine, he’s feeling good.”
This is the first time Biden has tested positive for COVID-19. He last tested negative on Tuesday, as per Jean-Pierre.