- His doctor said that American President Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 again.
- The antigen test came after four consecutive days of negative tests.
- Biden also shared his message on Twitter.
Washington: US President Joe Biden is retiring in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 for the second time, his doctor at the White House said on Saturday.
Presidential physician Kevin O’Connor wrote in a memorandum that Biden “tested positive by antigen testing late Saturday morning,” after four consecutive days of negative tests, and “will resume strict isolation procedures.” “
“This actually represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” O’Connor said, referring to a situation in which patients treated with the drug Paxlovid — as Biden had — cleared the virus but completed its course. Tests positive after
“The president has not experienced a re-emergence of symptoms and is feeling substantially better. That being the case, there is no reason to restart treatment at this time,” he added.
In a tweet, Biden tried to downplay the situation.
“Guys, today I tested positive for COVID again. It happens to a small minority of people,” he wrote. “I have no symptoms but I’m going to be in isolation to protect everyone around me. I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.”
The White House said Biden canceled a planned visit to Delaware and Michigan.
– ‘especially conscientious’ –
The second positive test came just three days after O’Connor said Biden had tested negative and no longer needed to self-isolate, which he had been doing since the first positive result on July 21.
Biden has mostly been conspicuously cautious about observing Covid protocol – unlike his predecessor Donald Trump, who sometimes mocked mask-wearers.
O’Connor said, “The president is particularly devoted to the security of any executive residence, the White House, Secret Service and other personnel whose duties require proximity (despite social distancing) to him.” Is.”
As the oldest US president in history — he turns 80 in November — Biden’s health is a constant focus.
On Wednesday, he ended his initial five-day Covid self-isolation, appearing excited as he told cheering aides that his speedy recovery would allow Americans to benefit from free vaccines and treatment. Should be encouraged.
He matched his apparently quick recovery with Trump’s more serious bout with the disease in October 2020, before vaccines were available.
“When my predecessor got Covid, he had to go by helicopter to Walter Reed Medical Center,” Biden said. “He was very ill. Thankfully, he recovered. When I got Covid, I worked on top of the White House.”
He added that getting fully vaccinated, getting preventive tests, then using Paxlovid treatment prevents death and is available at no cost.
“You don’t have to be president to get these tools,” he said.
O’Connor warned Biden after his first round of Covid-19 clearance that the president would wear a mask for 10 days when around others and test regularly in case of a “rebound”.
O’Connor says Biden is generally in good health. He is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots against the coronavirus.