President Biden is experiencing very mild symptoms.

President Biden Tests Positive for Covid-19

Cases in the United States are up more than 25% due to the BA.5 subvariant.

President Biden is experiencing very mild symptoms.

This morning, Thursday, July 21, President Biden tested positive for Covid-19.

Biden, 79, has a runny nose, fatigue, and an occasional dry cough, symptoms which he began to experience late on Wednesday, according to White House physician Kevin O’Connor.

Biden is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.

Consistent with White House protocol for positive Covid cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.

Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.

Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel. The President’s last previous test for Covid was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result.

Multiple members of Biden’s administration and other senior figures in Washington have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent months, including Vice President Kamala Harris and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both of whom have since tested negative and resumed working. Harris tested positive on Tuesday, April 26, while Pelosi, who is 82, tested positive on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Both Biden and Harris were prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

Representative Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the congressional probe of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, plans to lead Thursday night’s hearing remotely as a result of testing positive.

The virus continues to spread as the rapidly spreading BA.5 subvariant has taken hold. Cases in the United States are up more than 25% in the last month, according to CDC data. The new variant evades the immune protection afforded either by vaccination or prior infection, causing a surge of new infections globally.

Paxlovid is available via emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in people 12 and older who are at high risk of severe illness. It requires a doctor’s prescription.

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