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According to a press release from the White House, President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told the press that President Biden is experiencing only “very mild symptoms” due to his healthy lifestyle and vaccination history. The 79-year-old chief executive has already received two booster shots from the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
Read the official statement from the White House below:
This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time.
He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.
Consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.
The president has assured the Americans that he is doing well and that he will continue executing his responsibilities as president. He posted a photo on Twitter with the caption, “Folks, I’m doing great. Thanks for your concern.”
The president posted a video of himself standing on the balcony of the White House, saying, “Keep the faith, it’s going to be okay.”
The president has been taking a drug from Pfizer, called Paxlovid, to prevent worsening infection and illness. The press secretary said that he is on the medication regularly, and the pill decreases the risk of the president for hospitalization.
President Joe Biden has been experiencing some minor symptoms of respiratory illness at the moment. His physician, Kevin O’Connor, says that he experiences dry cough and runny nose along with fatigue. But he assures the public, “I anticipate that he will respond favorably, as most maximally protected patients do.”
Meanwhile, Jill Biden, the president’s wife, guarantees the Americans that despite testing positive for Covid, the president is “feeling good.”
“I talked to him just a few minutes ago; he’s doing fine,” said Jill. While being in close contact with the president, Jill came out negative of the virus, which was cause for gladness.
The president will be isolated until an authorized medical official declares him clean of Covid-19. All meetings are denied for now, but he plans on working on other matters that need attention.
The statement from the White House continued:
Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the president’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.
Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the president during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the president during yesterday’s travel. The president’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result.
What the president did before testing positive
President Joe Biden traveled to Massachusetts, where he attended an event addressing climate change. Along with Biden were lawmakers and official. Including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Market, as well as climate advisors John Kerry and Gina McCarthy.
However, under guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is unsure if the people with Biden during the event can be considered close contact.