President Biden tests negative for COVID-19, will remain isolated

WASHINGTON, DC—President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 Saturday after testing positive for the second time last weekend, according to a letter from White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor.

Biden originally tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21. He tested negative six days later and tested positive for a second time July 30.

Out of an abundance of caution, Biden will continue to self-isolate pending a second negative test, O’Connor said.

In an earlier letter, O’Connor described Biden’s second positive test as “rebound positivity,” often seen in patients treated with Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce disease severity.

The 79-year-old president was given a five-day course of the drug after an initial positive test.

The rebound case resulted in a recurrence of mild symptoms, including a cough. O’Connor wrote Friday that the cough “almost completely resolved,” although Biden still tested positive that morning.

COVID-19 has scrambled some of Biden’s plans. For example, he canceled a personal visit with veterans protest for health care legislation outside the United States Capitol, making a video call instead.


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