Biden tests negative for Covid, but will isolate until second negative test

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President Joe Biden tested negative for Covid on Saturday but will continue to isolate himself at the White House until a second negative test, his doctor said.

dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in his latest daily update that the president will adhere “in an abundance of caution” to the “strict isolation measures” in place since his “rebound” infection was discovered on July 30, pending a follow-up negative result.

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Biden, 79, contracted the virus a second time three days after coming out of isolation from his first battle with Covid, it reported on July 21. Rare cases of rebound have been documented in a small minority of those, like Biden, who were prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which has been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness and death from the virus in those at the highest risk.

O’Connor wrote that Biden is “still feeling really good.”

Biden’s trip has been put on hold pending a negative test. He plans to visit Kentucky on Monday to review the damage from catastrophic flooding and meet with families.

Biden did “amazing,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Saturday when asked about his health during her Las Vegas appearance at a joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She said when she speaks to the president, he tells her to “tell people I work more than eight hours a day.”

During his first breakout with the virus, Biden’s main symptoms were a runny nose, fatigue and a loose cough, his doctor said at the time. During his rebound case, O’Connor said only Biden’s cough returned and was “almost completely resolved” by Friday.

Regulators are still studying the prevalence and virulence of rebound cases, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in May warned doctors that it’s been reported within two to eight days of the initial negative test for the virus.

“Limited information currently available from case reports suggests that individuals treated with Paxlovid who experience Covid rebound have had mild illness; there are no reports of serious illness,” the agency said at the time.

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