US President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again

Days after testing negative for the novel coronavirus, US President Joe Biden was retested for COVID-19 on July 30, an official White House statement said. Doctor Kevin O’Connor noted that it represents “rebound” positivity.

“After testing negative on Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning, the president tested positive late Saturday night through antigen testing,” the White House said.

Biden’s physician O’Connor said the rebound in COVID-19 positivity is seen in a small percentage of patients treated with PAXLOVID. However, he added that there is no need to start treatment as Biden has not experienced any new symptoms and is still feeling quite well.

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“As described last week, recognizing the potential for so-called ‘rebound’ COVID positivity seen in a small percentage of patients treated with PAXLOVID, the president increased his testing cadence, both to protect those around him and to to ensure early detection of any return. of viral replication,” the White House physician said.

“This basically represents ‘rebound’ positivity. The President has not experienced any renewed symptoms and is still feeling quite well. This is the case, there is no reason to restart treatment at this time, but we will obviously be monitoring closely. continue to observe,” he added.

Meanwhile, the White House said the US president will continue to follow strict isolation procedures.

“Given his positive antigen test, however, he will again initiate strict isolation procedures. As I stated earlier, the President continues to be very specifically conscientious about each of the Executive Residence, the White House, the Secret Service and other personnel whose duties require any (they the socially distant) proximity to him,” said the doctor.

“As promised, I will keep your office informed of any changes to his condition or treatment plan,” he added.

Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21 and was under treatment for about a week. He tested negative for the virus on Wednesday and ended his strict isolation after completing his five-day course of PAXLOVID.

With ANI inputs.

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