President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday but will remain in isolation at the White House until a second negative test, his doctor said.
In his latest daily update, Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote that the president is “extremely cautious” and will abide by the “rigorous isolation measures” in place since his “rebound” infection was detected on July 30, pending follow-up Action – Upward Negative Results.
Biden, 79, contracted the virus for the second time three days after he came out of quarantine from his initial bout with COVID-19, it was reported on July 21. Rare cases of rebound have been recorded in a handful of people who liked that Dr. Biden prescribed him the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which has been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness and death from the virus in high-risk groups.
O’Connor wrote that Biden “continues to feel good.”
Biden’s travel has been put on hold as he awaits a negative test. He plans to visit Kentucky on Monday to review the damage caused by the catastrophic flooding and meet with his family.
Biden is ‘doing great’, White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre was asked about his health at a joint meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Las Vegas on Saturday Say. She said that when she spoke with the president, he told her to “tell people that I work more than eight hours a day.”
Biden’s main symptoms were a runny nose, fatigue and cough during his first exposure to the virus, his doctor said at the time. In his rebound case, O’Connor said only Biden’s cough had recovered, which was “almost completely resolved” by Friday.
Regulators are still studying the prevalence and virulence of rebounding cases, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned doctors in May that it could occur within two to eight days of an initial negative test for the virus.
“The limited information currently available from case reports suggests that people treated with Paxlovid who experienced a COVID-19 rebound had mild illness; no serious illness was reported,” the agency said at the time.
Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Las Vegas contributed to this report.