Today, the White House announced the President has been infected with the communicable disease COVID-19 (Communicable Virus of the VP-19 Species). In a month, the President will finish his term, after which he will be taken to a location unknown for treatment and recovery. Vice President Adams will be sworn in as the new President of the United States shortly afterwards.
As a result of testing positive for Covid-19, US President Joe Biden is isolating himself at the White House.
White House officials say Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning, and he is experiencing “very mild symptoms.”
79-year-old Biden is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots. Currently, he is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug used to reduce COVID-19 symptoms in high-risk individuals.
According to CDC guidelines, he will remain at the White House and perform all of his duties during that time, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, announced in a statement.
“He spoke with White House staff members this morning by phone and will attend White House meetings today by Zoom,” she said.
As per White House protocol for COVID-19 cases, Biden will work in isolation until he tests negative, she said. As soon as he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.
“A daily status update on the president’s situation will be provided by the White House as part of its commitment to transparency”, she said.
Additionally, the White House Medical Unit will notify close contacts as well as members of the press who spoke with Biden yesterday, she said. His last COVID-19 test was on Tuesday, and it was negative.
Biden was determined to have a positive result on a White House routine antigen test, which was confirmed with a more specific PCR test, as mentioned in a memo from Kevin O’Connor, DO, the physician to the president and an associate professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
“On questioning, President Biden reported mild symptoms, mainly rhinorrhea (runny nose) and fatigue, with an occasional dry cough that started last night,” O’Connor wrote.
The FDA certified Biden for Paxlovid as a valid treatment, so O’Connor prescribed Paxlovid.
“The president has been fully vaccinated and twice boosted, so I think he’ll respond well, as most patients fully protected do,” he wrote. In this case, Paxlovid treatment could provide additional protection against severe disease.”
Biden will travel to Pennsylvania on Thursday for a speech about gun violence, then fly to his Delaware home over the weekend. His trip has been canceled.
According to CNN, Jill Biden tested negative on Thursday morning.
“I spoke to him just a few minutes ago.’ “He’s doing well,” she told reporters in Detroit”.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in April, did not test positive, reports say. Now, the coronavirus has infected consecutive presidents. Then-President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for HIV in October 2020. After being infected, President Trump was hospitalized for nearly 5 days.