Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 again, three days after announcing that he was negative and continuing his personal activities in the White House.
The US president’s doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said that Biden’s case is an example of “rebound” positivity, which sometimes occurs in patients who have taken Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral drug.
“The president has not experienced a recurrence of his symptoms and continues to feel quite well,” O’Connor said.
The doctor said he saw no reason to “re-start treatment” for Biden, but that he would be closely monitored. The 79-year-old would adhere to “strict isolation procedures”.
The president was scheduled to travel home to Wilmington, Delaware over the weekend. Earlier Saturday, the White House announced the president would travel to Hemlock, Michigan, on Tuesday to deliver a speech on the impact of the $280 billion The Law of Chips and Science, passed by Congress on Thursday and aimed at revitalizing the US semiconductor business. Both trips were cancelled.
Biden was prescribed Paxlovidwhich is recommended for Covid patients in the US who have mild to moderate symptoms and are at high risk of developing severe disease.
While the drug has been praised for preventing some of the worst effects of Covid-19 in elderly patients or patients with pre-existing conditions, some have reported cases of Covid “rebounding” two to eight days after testing negative.
Biden, for example, tested negative for the virus on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning before testing positive again Saturday morning, O’Connor said.
While most patients report that their relapses had milder symptoms, others, including Anthony FauciBiden’s chief medical adviser, says they were actually sicker during the jump.
During his first round of Paxlovide, Fauci said he felt “really good,” except for a little fatigue and congestion, but he went on to test positive three days after initially testing negative. At that point, he began to feel “really bad” and “much worse” than he had felt during his first attack, the doctor recalled at the Global Health Forum on Foreign Policy in June.