US President Biden tests negative for COVID-19 but continues to quarantine

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, physician to US President Biden, said in a letter.

“The President is still feeling well,” wrote Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the White House physician, a week after Mr. Biden, 79, tested positive for a re-infection of COVID-19. “This morning, his SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen test came back negative.”

Mr. Biden will continue to implement “strict isolation measures pending a second negative test result,” added Dr. O’Connor.

President Biden, who received two basic vaccines and two booster doses, first tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21 during a routine test and was treated with antiviral drugs. Paxlovid. The president tested negative for several days in a row before continuing to test positive on July 30 in what Dr O’Connor described as COVID-19 “recovering”.

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President Biden signs two bills aimed at combating fraud in COVID-19 relief programs for small businesses at the White House, August 5. (Photo: Reuters)

A small number of people taking the COVID-19 drug Paxlovid experience “recovered” COVID-19 cases. Accordingly, about 1% to 2% of Paxlovid users in the Pfizer clinical trial re-positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus after testing negative. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said the re-positive rate is about 5% of the tens of thousands of people who have used Paxlovid in a real-world setting.

Dr Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, who treated COVID-19 with the drug Paxlovid in June, said he has also experienced “recovering” from COVID-19.

In May, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of the possibility of re-infection with COVID-19, and said that people who test positive again can still be infected and therefore must be isolated for at least 5 days.

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