Joe Biden tests negative for Covid after week-long rebound case


Joe Biden tests negative for Covid again, according to White House physician.

“The president is still feeling very good,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a memo on Saturday.

Mr Biden was placed back into isolation this week after testing positive for a rebound case of Covid last Saturday, following his initial coronavirus diagnosis in July.

The White House says it will continue to isolate the president “in an abundance of caution” until he registers a second negative test.

The president’s last positive test was Friday.

“His cough has almost completely disappeared. His temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain completely normal. His lungs stay clean,” Dr. O’Connor said at the time.

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The president is eager to get out of his isolation, with key issues such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial trip to Taiwan and the final negotiations on the Democratic Budget Bill, which moved quickly while the president was in Covid lockdown.

Mr Biden’s Covid boomerang was the latest high-profile “rebound” case among those taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug from Pfizer, White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, had a similar experience in June.

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the FDA approved Paxlovid for emergency use in Dec. First studies suggest between a and 6 percent of people experience “rebound”-like symptoms towards the end of their original Covid course, between days 10 and 14 since the first positive Covid test. They are not considered new coronavirus infections.

According to the CDC, rebound symptoms are usually milder and unlikely to lead to hospitalization. The agency says there is no evidence that more Paxlovid is needed to resolve rebound cases, noting that “a brief return of symptoms may be part of the natural history of” Covid.

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Officials claim that the antiviral drug still works well despite the occasional rebound case.

“Paxlovid works very well in preventing serious illness, rebound or no rebound, and that’s why he was offered it, and that’s why the president took it,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, White House response coordinator for Covid-19 in July, when Mr Biden was first diagnosed with the coronavirus.


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