President Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Friday as his ‘rebound’ infection lasted a seventh day — meaning he must remain in quarantine at the White House.
Biden’s physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in a public memo that ”
The White House has Dr. O’Connor hasn’t allowed reporters to answer questions since Biden first tested positive on July 21, arguing he’s not sick enough to warrant such transparency.
The ongoing illness threatens Biden’s plan to resume in-person events next week — including a planned trip Monday to tour storm-damaged areas of Kentucky and a planned Rose Garden bill signing event on Wednesday to raise funding. for veterinary disability benefits and medical care related to toxic smoke inhaled in war zones.
Biden completed a five-day regimen of antiviral Paxlovid last week and tested negative last Tuesday and Wednesday, but the virus resurfaced in daily tests on Saturday after the president resumed personal involvement with the White House for three days.
O’Connor wrote Friday that Biden has minimal symptoms despite a positive test.
The president, 79, “still feels very good. His cough has almost completely disappeared,” O’Connor wrote. “His temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain completely normal. His lungs stay clean.”
Biden, the oldest US president ever, began showing symptoms on Wednesday evening, July 20, and tested positive the following morning, according to previous revelations from O’Connor.
The president fell ill less than four days after returning to the White House from a trip to Saudi Arabia to make peace with the murderous Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The White House has sought to curb speculation about how Biden contracted the virus.
Biden managed to evade the virus for more than two years, partly because White House employees and reporters who came into close contact with him had to be tested beforehand.
Biden’s advanced age and history of asthma put him at increased risk of serious illness, although the fact that he received four doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine reduced that risk.
Since March 2020, the virus has killed more than 1 million Americans.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Thursday that Biden will have to test negative twice before ending his quarantine.
“We won’t see him again, at least in person…until he has that negative test,” she confirmed.