Biden tests negative for COVID, isolating until the second negative

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday but will remain in isolation at the White House until a second negative test, his doctor said.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in his latest daily update that the president will “in an abundance of caution” adhere to the “strict isolation measures” in place since his “rebound” infection was detected on July 30, pending of a follow up. negative result.

Biden, 79, contracted the virus for the second time three days after coming out of isolation from his initial bout with COVID-19, reported on July 21. Rare cases of rebound have been documented among a small minority of those who like Biden, who were prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which has been shown to reduce the risk of severe illness and death from the virus among those most at risk.

O’Connor wrote that Biden “continues to feel great.”

Biden’s trip has been on hold as he awaited a negative test. She plans to visit Kentucky on Monday to view catastrophic flood damage and meet with families.

Biden was “doing great,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Saturday when asked about his health during an appearance in Las Vegas at a joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She said that when she talks to the president, he tells her to “tell people I’ve been working more than eight hours a day.”

During his first experience with the virus, Biden’s main symptoms were a runny nose, fatigue and a loose cough, his doctor said at the time. During his rebound case, O’Connor said that only Biden’s cough returned and had “almost completely resolved” by Friday.

Regulators are still studying the prevalence and virulence of rebound cases, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned doctors in May that it has been reported to occur within two to eight days of testing. negative initial virus.

“The limited information currently available from case reports suggests that people treated with Paxlovid who experience a rebound of COVID-19 have had mild illness; there are no reports of serious illness,” the agency said at the time.

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Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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