The White House said that US President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again, many days after he was given the all-clear to leave coronavirus isolation, in a rare case of “rebound” following anti-viral medicine therapy.
In a letter on Saturday, White House doctor Dr. Kevin O’Connor stated that Biden “has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well.”
Biden, who tested positive for the disease nine days ago but then tested negative twice earlier this week, will be returned to isolation, and his positive test is thought to be “rebound” positivity, which some COVID patients suffer, according to O’Connor.
It can happen to a “small minority of folks,” Biden wrote in a tweet about his positive case.
“I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me. I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon,” he tweeted.
Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again.
This happens with a small minority of folks.
I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me.
I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 30, 2022
Biden will return to isolation for a minimum of five days in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the organization, the majority of rebound cases are still moderate, and no cases of serious illness during that time have been documented.
On July 21, Biden, 79, had his initial positive test; he was then given Paxlovid, an antiviral drug. The virus was not found in his blood samples on July 26 or 27. Then he was permitted to exit isolation while using an indoor mask.
His positive tests place him in the small percentage of people who take the drug and have a rebound case of the virus.
On Monday, Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, told reporters that data “suggests that between 5 and 8 percent of people have rebound” following Paxlovid therapy.
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