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President Joe Biden tests negative for Covid-19 after rebound case

Written by Javed Iqbal

“The President continues to do very well,” wrote Dr. Kevin O’Connor. “Given his rebound positivity, as we reported on Saturday, we have continued daily monitoring. This morning, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen test was negative. In an abundance of caution, the President will continue his strict isolation measures pending another negative test as previously described.”

During the isolation, the president has almost attended public events from the White House residence. On two occasions, he delivered socially distanced remarks to a restricted pool from the Blue Room’s balcony, announcing a successful strike that killed the al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri Monday and sign two bills crack down on Covid-19 relief fraud Friday.
The President and First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to leave on Monday visiting Kentucky after deadly flooding in the eastern part of the state killed dozens of people and devastated the area.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “People with recurrence of COVID-19 symptoms or a new positive viral test after testing negative should restart isolation and isolate again for at least 5 days.”

Under the Bidens first battle with the disease, he experienced mild symptoms, including a runny nose, fatigue, high temperature and cough, according to his doctor. The five-day course of Paxlovid that the president completed requires a doctor’s prescription and is available through emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in people 12 years of age and older who are at high risk of severe disease.

The CDC issued a health alert to doctors on May 24 advising that Covid-19 symptoms sometimes come back, and this may just be how the infection plays out in some people, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or treated with drugs such as Paxlovid. The CDC said most rebound cases involve mild illness and there have been no reports of severe illness.

Biden is fully vaccinated and received two booster shots. He received his first two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine prior to his inauguration in January 2021, his first booster shot in September and his second booster vaccination in March.

This story has been updated.

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