The White House reported today that President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19. He is reportedly experiencing “very mild symptoms.”
Biden was not airlifted to Walter Reed Hospital as Donald Trump was upon his COVID-19 diagnosis.
Breaking news: President Biden has tested positive for coronavirus. The president, consistent with CDC guidelines, will isolate at the White House, according to an official statement. https://t.co/mtFGo85BHA pic.twitter.com/qe4EEgtrrl
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 21, 2022
From the Washington Post:
Biden, who at 79 is in a relatively high-risk group, experienced a runny nose, fatigue and a dry cough beginning Wednesday evening, according to White House physician Kevin O’Connor. Biden immediately canceled a planned trip to Pennsylvania on Thursday and will isolate at the White House until he tests negative.
Biden “will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, adding that the president has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral therapy that has proven effective in mitigating coronavirus symptoms.
O’Connor said in a letter disclosing the test result that he expects Biden to respond “favorably” to Paxlovid “as most maximally protected patients do.” Biden is fully vaccinated for coronavirus and has received two booster shots.
An update from me: pic.twitter.com/L2oCR0uUTu
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 21, 2022
President Biden is fully vaccinated, twice boosted, and experiencing mild symptoms following a positive COVID-19 test. Read a letter from Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Physician to the President: pic.twitter.com/Vq9iuAfBdO
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 21, 2022