President Joe Biden on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19, the White House said, as new variants of the highly contagious virus challenge the nation’s efforts to get back to normal after two and a half years of pandemic disruptions. The President is said to be experiencing “very mild symptoms” and is in good spirits, according to a statement from the White House.
President Joe Biden has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease. He was isolated at the White House and continuing to carry out all of his duties fully.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. President Joe Biden was exposed to the virus last week and is currently being monitored by the White House Medical Unit. It is unclear when he will be tested again for the virus. As a precaution, President Joe Biden has canceled all in-person meetings and is only holding virtual events.
President Joe Biden’s physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter that the President had a runny nose and fatigue, with an occasional dry cough, which started yesterday evening. President Biden is feeling well and does not have any other symptoms, according to Dr. O’Connor. The President will continue to work from the White House Residence while he recovers. He has been advised to limit his public appearances and travel for the next few days as a precautionary measure.
His doctor, Jean-Pierre, described the president’s symptoms as “very mild” and said that he has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone. The staff of the White House took steps to show that the president remained busy working despite his diagnosis, with Biden tweeting out a picture of himself making calls from the treaty room of the White House. President Biden is scheduled to participate in his planned meetings “via phone and Zoom from the residence.”
This news comes as a shock to many, as the president has been very vocal about following the guidelines set forth by health officials in order to prevent the spread of the virus. It is unclear at this time how President Biden contracted the virus, but his team is working diligently to find out.
President Biden made phone calls to lawmakers in Pennsylvania and South Carolina on Thursday, apologizing for having to cancel his planned trip to Wilkes-Barre and congratulating Rep. Jim Clyburn on receiving an award from the NAACP. Joe Biden was scheduled to travel to Wilkes-Barre to promote his crime prevention plans, but the trip was cancelled due to bad weather.
In his phone call to Pennsylvania lawmakers, Biden expressed his regret at having to cancel the trip and said he looked forward to visiting the city in the future. Biden also called Clyburn, one of his key allies in Congress, to wish him a happy birthday and congratulate him on receiving the prestigious award from the NAACP.
President Joe Biden praised Clyburn for his tireless work on behalf of the African-American community and said he was proud to count him as a friend. . Biden has been working on his gun proposals in the wake of several mass shootings, including one last month in Boulder, Colorado, that left 10 people dead.
White House chief of staff Ron Klain said in a letter, which is obtained by The Associated Press that “all close contacts of president Biden” will be informed of Biden’s positive test “per standard protocol.” It is not yet clear how he contracted the virus, though he has been holding a series of meetings with senators on Capitol Hill this week. In his letter, Klain said that Biden “remains in good spirits and has mild symptoms.” He added that Biden “will continue to receive regular COVID-19 testing and remain in close contact with his physicians.” It is not clear how long Joe Biden will remain in quarantine, but Klain said that Biden “is following CDC guidelines and all appropriate precautions.”
The schedule of the president was normal since returning from Saudi Arabia late on Saturday night. He attended church the next day and helped to welcome Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska to the White House on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Biden traveled to Massachusetts to promote efforts to combat climate change. While Biden has been largely absent from the public eye, he has been busy meeting with world leaders and working on domestic policy initiatives. President Joe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia was his first overseas trip as president, and he is scheduled to travel to Europe later this month.
Dr. Graham Snyder, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, said in an interview that it wasn’t surprising that Biden tested positive given the extent of his activities and interactions with people. He said Biden appears to be pursuing a treatment that should enable him to recover without facing even worse health risks. Dr. Snyder noted that Biden has been very active on the campaign trail and has had numerous opportunities to interact with people, increasing his chances of contracting COVID-19.
However, Dr. Snyder also said that President Joe Biden appears to be following a treatment plan that should help him recover without experiencing serious health complications. All in all, Dr. Snyder believes that Biden’s positive COVID diagnosis is not unexpected, but he is hopeful that Biden will make a full recovery soon.
The writer is an author and a lawyer based in Pakistan.
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