Biden tests positive for Covid-19
By Orowo Victoria Ojieh with agency report
President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday.
The 79-year-old president, who is fully vaccinated and has received two Covid booster shots, have previously tested negative on Tuesday.
Biden has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral pill that can reduce the risk of hospitalization for people who test positive for Covid, the press secretary said.
The president’s symptoms include a dry cough, runny nose and fatigue, White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a memorandum. Those symptoms began Wednesday evening, O’Connor added.
Biden will work in isolation until he tests negative for the virus, Jean-Pierre said.
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First lady Jill Biden tested negative on Thursday morning in Detroit, her spokesman Michael LaRosa announced. She will keep her full schedule in Michigan and Georgia he added.
“She will continue following CDC guidance with masking and distancing.” Jill told reporters in Detroit that her husband is feeling good, “I talked to him just a few minutes ago, he’s doing fine,” she said.
Due to his age, Biden is at an increased risk for a more severe case of Covid-19, although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says older adults being fully vaccinated and boosted significantly reduces their risk of hospitalization and death.
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