Joe Biden tests positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms

President Joe Biden said Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will continue working while in isolation at the White House despite mild symptoms.
In a video posted to Twitter, Biden told Americans that he is “doing well” and that his symptoms are still mild.

US President Joe Biden


“I’m sure you heard that I tested positive for COVID this morning.” But I’ve been vaccinated twice and given two boosts. The symptoms aren’t too bad, and I really appreciate your questions and care. But I’m getting a lot of work done and doing well. I’m going to keep working on it, and in the meantime, thanks for caring, and don’t give up. “It’s going to be fine,” Biden said in the 20-second video that he was found out while he was outside on the Truman Balcony.


A senior administration official said that Biden would stay at the White House residence and “work and rest” for the rest of the day. He has mild symptoms and is at a high risk of getting a serious illness because he is 79 and on two medications. Biden has never tested positive for COVID-19 before, and his last negative test was on Tuesday, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Joe Biden said on Twitter


Biden said on Twitter Thursday afternoon that he was “doing great” after the positive test and that he had called Pennsylvania politicians to tell them he was sorry he had to cancel a trip there. With the tweet was a picture of the president smiling at a desk in the White House without a mask on.

In a memo to staff that CNN got a hold of, White House chief of staff Ron Klain said that after the good news, Biden would be working over the phone and on video conference for the next few days.

Klain wrote on Thursday, “I’ve already talked to him several times this morning about different things, and he’s focused on our upcoming business.”

Biden tested positive for COVID-19


Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning. He has started taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which is available through an emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in people 12 and older who are at a high risk of getting very sick. It requires a doctor’s prescription.


According to (US Center for Disease Control and Prevention) rules, he will stay in isolation at the White House and continue to do all of his work.
Thursday is “Day 0” of the President’s COVID-19 timeline, which means that, according to the CDC’s rules, he must stay in isolation until at least next Tuesday.


In a letter, the president’s doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said that the president’s symptoms are “rhinorrhea” (or “runny nose”), fatigue, and an occasional dry cough that started last night.” White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha told CNN that Biden did not have a fever Thursday morning.

The president met the FDA’s requirements


His doctor said that Biden first tested positive for COVID-19 on an antigen test done as part of routine screening on Thursday morning. The positive result was then confirmed by a PCR test.
O’Connor also said that the president met the FDA’s requirements for using the antiviral drug Paxlovid. She added, “I expect he will respond well, as do most patients who are fully protected.”
Due to his age, Biden is more likely to get a more severe case of COVID-19. However, the CDC says that older adults who are fully vaccinated and given a boost have a much lower chance of being hospitalized or dying.


Before his inauguration in January 2021, Biden got his first two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. He got his first booster shot in September and his second booster shot on March 30. Later that afternoon, Jean-Pierre and Jha are expected to talk to the press about the president’s health.


The staff makes changes, but Harris and the first lady stick to their old schedules.
On Thursday, both Kamala Harris, who is the vice president, and Jill Biden, who is the first lady, tested negative. And the White House staff is taking steps to deal with what Biden said.
Because of Biden’s positive COVID-19 test, the number of people working in the White House will be reduced to the “bare minimum,” according to a White House official.

The senior administration official said


Two sources say that a mid-level West Wing aide who works close to Biden and was with him on his recent trip to the Middle East also tested positive for COVID-19. The person is not someone the president knows well and tested positive earlier this week.


Harris’s regular schedule is expected to stay the same while Biden visits alone. The senior administration official said there are no plans and no reason to give Harris executive powers, as they did for 85 minutes last November while Biden was getting a routine colonoscopy while under anesthesia.


After the diagnosis on Thursday, both the first lady and the vice president said they had talked to the president.
On Thursday morning, Jill Biden told reporters in Detroit that she had talked to the president and that “he’s all right.” He’s feeling good. “

Harris said that the President


According to her spokesman, Michael LaRosa, the first lady will stick to her original plans on Thursday. That means she will stop in Georgia before going to Wilmington, Delaware. LaRosa also said that she has a double boost.
And at an event in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon, Harris said that the President “is in good spirits.”


She told her audience that “he is working from the White House, and when he called, he was very happy that we were all here today.” She also said that Biden told her to “say hello to everyone.”
The president’s upcoming trip has been canceled.


We heard from a White House official that Biden’s trip to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, for a speech on preventing crime on Thursday had been canceled. The date for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser that will be held in Philadelphia in the future has not yet been decided.
Biden was also supposed to go to Orlando and Tampa, Florida, on Monday, but he is now expected to be spending time alone.

The White House Changed


Over the past year, as the White House has changed how it deals with the pandemic, Biden has become more involved with the public. Biden went to Somerset, Massachusetts, on Wednesday for an event about executive actions on climate change. He was seen shaking hands and talking to people in the outdoor crowd.


The president’s good news comes less than a week after he met with world leaders in Israel and Saudi Arabia during a trip through the Middle East. While he was abroad, Biden was seen shaking hands, bumping fists, and hugging other world leaders.
An official said that since Biden’s positive COVID test, the White House is now trying to find people who may have been close to him. They plan to tell close friends and family on Thursday, as well as members of Congress and the media.


At least one member of Congress who knew Biden well after seeing him in Massachusetts got a call from the White House on Thursday to find out more about him.
A source close to the situation said that the White House called the lawmaker’s office Thursday afternoon and told the member of Congress to follow the CDC’s advice on what to do if they were found to be in close contact.
For example, someone who is fully vaccinated and was in close contact with an infected person is told to wear a mask that fits well for ten days after their last close contact.


The White House was ready for this


White House staff have been getting ready for months for what many people thought was a sure thing: that Biden would get COVID.
During the spring and summer, Washington has been hit by a wave of cases, including ones involving Harris, White House staffers, and members of Congress. As more of his top officials and family members got sick with COVID, officials started to think it was possible that the president would also get sick, even though they were taking steps to protect him from the virus.


Klain told staff on Thursday in a memo that White House officials “have said for a long time that there is a good chance that the President could get COVID, just like anyone else, and we have prepared for this.” Now, we’re putting our plan into action so that the president can keep working smoothly from the residence. “

Biden’s last annual checkup


Biden had his last annual checkup at Walter Reed National Medical Center in November. In a memo from the time, O’Connor said that the president was still “fit for duty” and “fully carries out all of his responsibilities without any exceptions or accommodations.”
Officials had a loose plan for the day Biden tested positive, which included telling the public when the tests were confirmed and putting out a letter from Biden’s doctor. Both of these things happened on Thursday.


On October 2, 2020, at 1 a.m. ET, Donald Trump tweeted that he and Melania Trump, who was then the first lady, had both tested positive for Covid-19. And Biden’s staff has thought about how the previous administration dealt with Trump’s diagnosis and has been trying to be more open about Biden’s health.


Now that the pandemic has been going on for more than two years, Biden is the second sitting US president to test positive for COVID-19. His mild symptoms so far are very different from what Trump had, which was a COVID infection that sent him to Walter Reed for several days before a vaccine was made available in 2020.


The COVID emergency continues


The president got sick at a time when the number of COVID cases in the US was going up again. This is because BA.5, the most contagious strain of the virus so far, is spreading. Since the pandemic started, more than 1 million people have died from COVID-19 across the country.
The COVID-19 public health emergency is still going on while the Biden administration asks Congress for more money for treatments and vaccines. The declaration of a public health emergency means that many Americans can get free COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccines.

Medicare has also changed the rules for telehealth so that many more seniors can use it during the declaration. And states aren’t forcing their residents to drop out of Medicaid during the declaration so they can get more federal matching funds.

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