“Mild symptoms” have been reported by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre after President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19.
Biden, a 79-year-old at high risk of developing a serious illness, has been diagnosed with mild symptoms and will spend the rest of the day “working and resting” at the White House, a senior administration official said. On Tuesday, Biden tested negative for Covid-19. This is Biden’s first positive test for Covid-19. Both Kamala Harris, the vice president, and Jill Biden, the first lady, tested negative for the disease on Thursday.
“Today, President Biden was found to have Covid-19 in his system. There are only mild symptoms, and he has been vaccinated twice. As a precaution, he’s started taking Paxlovid “Pfizer’s antiviral medicine, which is accessible through emergency use permission from the FDA for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in persons 12 and older who are at high risk of severe sickness, was said by her. A prescription from a physician is required.
In accordance with CDC recommendations, she said, “he will remain in the White House for the duration of the quarantine and will continue to perform all of his duties in full.”
Her normal schedule is expected to continue. Biden’s executive powers were transferred to Harris for 85 minutes in November when Biden underwent a routine colonoscopy, a senior administration official told the New York Times.
Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator, told CNN that Biden did not have a fever on Thursday morning. Also, Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in a letter about the President’s health that Biden was “experiencing mild symptoms, mostly rhinorrhea (or “runny nose”) and fatigue, with an occasional dry cough that started yesterday evening.”
According to his physician, Biden’s antigen test on Thursday morning revealed that he had Covid-19, which was later confirmed by a PCR test.
President Obama, according to O’Connor, meets the FDA’s criteria for using the antiviral Paxlovid. He said, “I anticipate that he will respond favorably, as most maximally protected patients do.”
“He and I just spoke a few minutes ago over the phone. He’s OK, he’s in excellent spirits “Deputy First Lady Jill Biden made the announcement to the media in Detroit on Monday.
In an interview with CNN, the first lady’s spokesperson Michael LaRosa confirmed that the first lady would be traveling to Georgia on Thursday, before flying to Wilmington, Delaware. LaRosa says she’s getting a double whammy.
View this post on Instagram
Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine boosters were given to Vice President Biden in September and March in preparation for his inauguration in January 2021.
Biden’s age puts him at greater risk for a more severe case of Covid-19, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that older persons who are completely vaccinated and boosted lower their risk of hospitalization and mortality dramatically.
Later on Thursday afternoon, Jean-Pierre and Jha are scheduled to inform the media of the President’s diagnosis.
The President’s Upcoming Trip Has Been Postponed
CNN was informed by a White House official that Vice President Biden will not be making his planned speech on crime prevention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, later on, Thursday. The specifics of a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser to be held in Philadelphia at a later date are still being worked out.
In addition to Orlando and Tampa, Florida, Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to travel on Monday, as well. “However,” Jean-Pierre insisted that “CDC guidelines” would dictate that President Obama remain isolated at the White House.
As the White House has shifted its approach to the pandemic, Vice President Biden has stepped up his public outreach efforts. Visiting Somerset, Massachusetts, for a climate executive actions event on Wednesday, Vice President Biden was seen greeting and shaking hands with attendees in the outdoor crowd.
The President’s positive diagnosis comes less than a week after he visited Israel and Saudi Arabia, where he met with world leaders. Biden has been seen shaking hands, bumping fists, and hugging other leaders while he’s been out of the country.
Since Biden’s positive Covid test, the White House is attempting to track down anyone who may have been in close contact with him. Members of Congress and the media are among those who will be informed on Thursday.
The Biden Administration Continues to Be Impacted by Covid
Recent months have seen an uptick in sexual harassment and assault allegations against Cabinet officials, White House employees, and members of Congress.
In April, Vice President Kamala Harris became ill with the illness. It’s been confirmed by her spokesperson that Harris has been fully vaccinated and double boosted as well and did not experience any symptoms. After conferring with her doctors, Vice President Joe Biden received the antiviral coronavirus therapy Paxlovid and tested negative on May 2, according to Allen.
After the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington in April, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House domestic policy advisor Susan Rice tested positive for Covid-19. During the meal, the President was also there and made a few words. More than 2,600 people attended the event and were asked to produce confirmation of a negative test.
This included Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin; Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Gina Raimondo; Merrick Garland; Jean-Pierre; Jen Psaki; as well as a slew of other high-ranking Democrats.
Precautionary measures have been made by White House staff to ensure that the President does not get infected with Covid-19.
Covid’s Crisis is Not Over Yet
This comes as the most infectious strain of the virus, BA.5, is causing a resurgence of Covid infections in the United States. Since the epidemic started, more than a million individuals have died from Covid-19 in the United States.
Covid-19 remains a public health emergency during the Biden administration, and the government is working to get more funds from Congress for treatments and vaccinations. The designation of a public health emergency permits many Americans to get free Covid-19 testing, treatment, and vaccinations.
Since Medicare’s reforms, more seniors will be able to take advantage of telehealth options, thanks to a loosening of the rules governing it. As a result, states are not de-enrolling Medicaid beneficiaries in return for more generous federal matching payments during the declaration period.
Vice President Joe Biden has become the second sitting U.S. president to test positive for Covid-19, which has been circulating throughout the country for two years. His symptoms so far are in stark contrast to those of former President Trump, who was diagnosed with a Covid infection before a vaccine was available in 2020 and was hospitalized for several days.
On October 2, 2020, Trump claimed that he and then-first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19, months before any vaccinations were approved by the FDA.
On Friday, Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he spent the weekend receiving treatment. On October 5, 2020, President Trump will return to the Oval Office.
In November, Vice President Biden had his yearly checkup at Walter Reed. That the President was “fit for duty, and fully fulfills all of his tasks without any exception or adjustments” was written in a note by O’Connor.
On Thursday, further information was added to this article.