WASHINGTON — President Biden lastly examined damaging for the coronavirus on Saturday, every week after his rebound case emerged, but the White House doctor stated the president would stay in isolation “in an abundance of caution” till a second damaging check.
Mr. Biden has been staying away from the Oval Office since he examined constructive once more on July 30, although he has tried to take care of a public presence via appearances by video from the White House residence. The recurrence of the virus has stored him off the highway for political occasions and delayed summer time trip plans as nicely.
The president has skilled few signs throughout his rebound case, in line with Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, the White House doctor, and he appeared in comparatively good well being in his video occasions over the previous few days. “The president continues to feel very well,” Dr. O’Connor stated in a memo launched to reporters on Saturday.
Through the president’s preliminary bout with Covid-19 and through his rebound case, Dr. O’Connor has by no means appeared earlier than reporters to answer questions, not like earlier White House docs beneath different presidents. The White House has by no means supplied a transparent rationalization about why. Dr. O’Connor’s day by day memos have offered no theories about the place and the way the president was contaminated. White House officers have stated that these deemed to have been in shut contact with Mr. Biden all examined damaging.
The president was handled with Paxlovid early in his bout with Covid, and whereas the drug has been credited with nice success in suppressing the virus and stopping extreme circumstances and hospitalizations, numerous sufferers who’ve taken it have nonetheless examined constructive once more a number of days after the final dose of the five-day routine.
Initial medical research discovered that solely about 1 p.c to 2 p.c of these handled with Paxlovid, which is made by Pfizer, skilled signs once more. Subsequent research of sufferers have discovered greater charges, although nonetheless within the single digits.
But some docs and sufferers have speculated that the rebound rate might be even greater due to anecdotal experiences and due to the traits of the extremely contagious Omicron subvariants in circulation this summer time. Among those that have had a rebound case after taking Paxlovid is Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser and a number one determine within the response to the pandemic.
Mr. Biden has been described by aides as desperate to get out of isolation and again on the highway because the midterm congressional marketing campaign begins to warmth up. As a results of his an infection, he has needed to cancel numerous deliberate journeys and has restricted his contact with aides, advisers and others at a time when he has scored some vital victories that he wish to promote.
“I wish I were with you in person, quite frankly,” he informed Vice President Kamala Harris and several other cupboard members over a video feed throughout an occasion on Wednesday describing his plans to take motion to guard abortion rights. “But I’m getting there.”